New World Stages presents a return engagement of Strangemen & Company's highly theatrical retelling of the story of the Tin Man from 'The Wizard of Oz.' More…
Based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum, 'The Woodsman' tells the origin story of the Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. Back by popular demand, Strangemen & Co.'s show brings the Land of Oz to life through puppetry by James Ortiz and original music by Edward W. Hardy.
See it if you respond to beautiful images. The simple, heartwarming story is told almost entirely without words. Clever use of props.
Don't see it if you are mostly drawn to words. My attention wandered a bit. Mostly, though, I enjoyed the stunning, haunting beauty.
Also This work is available for streaming on Broadway HD.
See it if Beautiful choreography, staging, lighting. Masterful puppetry. Romantic fairy tale. Whimsical, poetic. Bring a date!
Don't see it if you are not ok with mostly mimed action. Could use less grunting to emote happy feelings.
See it if An engaging & creative production that's romantic & touching. The staging is beautiful & the puppet work masterfully done. One of a kind.
Don't see it if You don't like fairytales, whimsical storytelling, innovative staging or shows with mininal dialog.
See it if you enjoy stripped down productions focusing on artistry and storytelling, such as Peter & the Starcatcher, Bedlam Theatre & Fiasco Theatre.
Don't see it if you don't have the patience for an intimate and mostly wordless evening of theatre.
See it if You want to see phenomenal actors/puppeteers/musicians create magic in an intimate venue.
Don't see it if You require dialogue to understand a play. There is almost no dialogue and it is a sad story though it contains very funny moments.
See it if enjoy creative stagecraft that combines many diverse elements.
Don't see it if you don't like puppets and prefer your storytelling to be conventional.
See it if You like to use your own imagination & fill in the no dialogue spaces, You like a world of visuals that inspire wonder & a very different OZ
Don't see it if You need everything explained for you
See it if you're interested in seeing innovative work that's impactful and staged well.
Don't see it if you think you might be confused seeing a show where the actors barely speak and only communicate through sound and movement.
See it if You want something original and different. It is the backstory to the tin man from wizard of oz. so very cleverly done.
Don't see it if You don't know wizard of oz story.
See it if Achingly beautiful, sad and creative backstory of the Tin Man. Inventive use of puppetry, gestures, sounds, violin with not much dialogue.
Don't see it if If you need words to follow a story, you might not like this. But I've never seen anything like it - completely fresh and different.
See it if You like innovative storytelling and pantomime. Or if you can't get enough Oz.
Don't see it if You don't like puppets, need words in your theatre, or think Oz origin stories are overdone.
See it if you like performance art, you want a show for those who do not speak English well.
Don't see it if you want a something that is more traditional, you're not a fan of dance or movement storytelling.
See it if You're a fan of the Wizard of Oz, and have the patience for a play without dialogue.
Don't see it if The sound of nothing but a screeching violin will drive you mad after an hour.
See it if you enjoy original, imaginative theatre with the story performed artistically through puppetry.
Don't see it if you have little imagination and like your stories to be performed via dialogue alone.
See it if You can use your imagination, have patience to wait for outcome, and want to be enchanted. Words are not necessary, only feelings. Loved it.
Don't see it if You can't sit still, need constant chatter or talk or if you don't have an imagination or a heart. Only a few lines spoken in show.
See it if a show that uses no words to express the story. Using only grunts and hand gestures to walk the audience through this mystical land.
Don't see it if you are expecting a musical or a lot of talking.
See it if you enjoy creative, artistic works that don't get produced often
Don't see it if you expect an extraordinarily high level of polish or don't want to overlook some weaknesses to enjoy a piece.
See it if you are looking for a new interpretation of an old story
Don't see it if you only like traditional plays/musicals. This is definitely something out of the ordinary (in a positive way, I think!).
See it if you like original, masterful productions, where there is some puppetry, but so incredibly well done that you forget about the puppets
Don't see it if you dislike the world of the wizard of oz
See it if you like the puppetry of War Horse and don't mind minimal dialogue
Don't see it if you want to hear actors do more than grunt, sigh, laugh or scream