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The Woodsman

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Members say: Enchanting, Clever, Original, Great staging, Absorbing

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (279)


Enchanting, Clever, Original, Great staging, Absorbing
Avg Score

Enchanting, Clever, Great staging, Inventive, Romantic

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.

Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic, Beautiful

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.

Great staging, Original, Enchanting, Beautiful, Imaginative

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.

Clever, Touching, Original, Artistic, Riveting

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.

Inventive, Sad, Great staging, Slow, Foggy

See it if you enjoy puppetry.

Don't see it if you have a hard time following a story told without dialogue.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Original, Riveting, Must see

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Inventive

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.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Original

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

Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Enchanting

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.

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

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.

Original, Achingly beautiful, Sad, Exquisite, Inventive

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.

Absorbing, Great staging, Original, Romantic, Enchanting

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.

Dated, Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like an avenue q type of show but without raunchy stuff

Don't see it if you have a hard time with a deep story line

Ambitious, Great staging, Original

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.

Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious, Slow, Absorbing

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.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Riveting

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.

Original, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Intense, Original, Masterful

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.

Enchanting, Romantic, Refreshing, Moving

See it if you're up for a beautiful 90 minutes of non-traditional storytelling.

Don't see it if 90 minutes of no dialogue is going to put you off.

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Clever, Slow, Original, Great staging

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.

Clever, Original

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!).

Original, Romantic, Confusing

See it if you want to see something completely original.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with hardly any dialogue.

Clever, Confusing, Great staging, Quirky, Original

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

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Original

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

Exquisite, Original

See it if you like experimental theatre with marionettes and you love The Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if you don't like marionettes or the story of the Wizard of Oz.

Also This production is from young artists and it became a hit, they lasted... Read more Read less

February 21st, 2016
"This is a more assured production than the one I saw a year ago, and the encompassing visual lushness of its environment is new. But a fundamental stumble still keeps it from fully blossoming to life...Mechanics get in the way of fantasy, though, at a crucial point...Just when we want the play t...
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January 20th, 2015
"Strangemen & Co.’s immersive and practically wordless adaptation of the writings of L. Frank Baum uses low-tech stagecraft like evocative Bunraku puppets, haunting vocal sound effects and a lone violinist to tell the backstory. Emotions are communicated through simple gestures, grunts and glance...
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February 10th, 2016
"There’s not an unconsidered moment: Every element contributes, echoes, foretells. Many a production could benefit from Strangemen’s level of attention to storytelling detail. And yet I couldn’t help feeling that all this attention had been lavished on a story that resists being opened...'The Woo...
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February 8th, 2016
"It tells the backstory of the Tin Man via movement, mime and puppetry, with only a short prologue verbally setting up the action. It achieves great impact with minimal means...The evocative mood is set even before the show begins and it's sustained beautifully throughout the virtually wordless p...
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