Already closed | 2h 15m | Brooklyn

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

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Members say: Great staging, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

About the show

Kneehigh uses live music, puppetry, dance, and visual high jinks in this adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book about soldiers prepping for the battle of Normandy. More…

Directed by Emma Rice (artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe), '946' is the true story of the American soldiers sent to rehearse the Normandy invasion from Britain's shores, many of them black. Seen through the eyes of a little girl and her beloved cat, '946' overturns everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo ('War Horse'). Appropriate for ages 10 and up, though be warned it is a war story.

2h 15m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (77)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting
85
Avg Score

75
Absorbing, Imaginative, Childish, Quirky, Strong singing

See it if you liked War Horse. 946 has very similar strengths (clever staging, good music, moving story) and weaknesses (childish underpinnings).

Don't see it if saccharine stories annoy you. Act I had bumps, Act II was moving. Lots of inventively-used props and puppets. Very broad characters.

96
Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Profound

See it if You want to see beautiful storytelling! This is charming and childlike but not childish with very serious and heartbreaking content.

Don't see it if You're not willing to use your imagination or if you think that just because something is silly it can't be devestatingly heartfelt.

Also I ADORED this show and recommend it to anyone/everyone who may be feel... Read more Read less

96
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy creative staging with music, puppets and dance, appreciate stories of optimism amidst misery and like quirky appealing characters

Don't see it if you're turned off by WWII story told with humor, song & dance set during the London blitz, not a fan of cute puppets or active little girls

100
Heartwarming, Intelligent, Ambitious, Moving, Riveting

See it if you enjoy adventurous theatre. Also, theatre that is exciting, heartwarming, and very moving. Great ensemble cast!

Don't see it if you only like conventional plays. This play is very inventive, clever, sharp, and moving.

89
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see something absolutely unique brilliantly cross-cast. A bit slow developing, an old story spun brand new. ALIVE.

Don't see it if You dont like plays not easily defined. You didn't like the "magic" of War Horse. You dont want a "lucky button".

Also The audience notably thinned at the intermission, but those who stayed... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great staging, Moving, Sad in a sweet optimistic way, Quirky

See it if you can appreciate a novel, entertaining portrayal of the horrors of war and the peculiar viewpoint of seeing it through a child's eyes.

Don't see it if you think anything about the horrors of war should be serious.

94
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great music

See it if story of British villagers impacted by a tragic WWII event, told with humor & great music; puppets (humans visible) that add to the story

Don't see it if don't like high energy performances, that often break the 4th wall, puppets, fluid band member/actor performances, fun

72
Great staging, Slow

See it if You want to see very inventive staging, despite a book that is 20-30 minutes too long. If you are patient, it's a sweet story at it's core.

Don't see it if You appreciate good pacing. The Director also was the co-adaptor of the script. What's needed is a good dramaturge to edit it.

90
Entertaining, Great dancing, Great music, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want great, varied music, dancing, singing, puppets, humor, history and a moral, all performed by a diversely talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy history and/or musicals.

83
Enchanting, Epic, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You enjoy imaginative stagings (with puppets and music) of historical fiction and real events.

Don't see it if You dislike YA novels. You like a story where each elements is tied up at the end.

92
Just about perfect, Charming, Great staging, Exquisite, Creative

See it if You like creative shows using puppetry and unusual staging to tell the story. Kneehigh is one of the most inventive theatre companies ever!

Don't see it if Just go see it - it's fabulous.

88
Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, It's a magical show

See it if you want to believe in the intrinsic goodness of humanity

Don't see it if puppets creep you out which is generally true for me but not this time.

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Clever, Indulgent

See it if you liked "Warhorse" and/or previous Kneehigh productions or if you are a fan of the book.

Don't see it if you are looking for a bit more narrative and character complexity than one usually finds in a children's book.

Also The staging is brilliantly inventive, the narrative itself is much les... Read more Read less

84
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if for moving, inventive storytelling by a creative bunch of loonies. It's visually varied and has great music, but also surprisingly serious.

Don't see it if you want a show with a straight narrative and no music, or if you're reluctant to exercise imagination. it gets a bit too sweet at times.

87
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if You like an energetic, innovative, engaging production. You enjoy unconventional staging, puppets, cross-dressing actors and actresses.

Don't see it if You don't like sadness with your joy, cats ( real or imagined) the Lindy, WWII, whimsy, tractors and adults portraying children.

92
Original, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if Hopefully this lovely, touching play will come back to another venue sometime soon. Kneehigh Theater's joy and laughter are contagious

Don't see it if themes of unnecessary death in WWII would be too upsetting; it's sad, but it's beautifully done, with a light touch where necessary

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to experience a fantastic story told through music, dance, puppetry, vivid color, larger-than-life acting & grand storytelling!

Don't see it if You aren't up for a bit of World War II and the characters & events that period of history invokes. Be willing to see through child's eyes!

80
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an inventive show with puppets, music and a talented cast.

Don't see it if You are unwilling to go to a show in Brooklyn; the theater is on the waterfront in Dumbo

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you like whimsical well told stories. Puppets are great, actors playing kids fabulous. Background of WW2 mistake makes it bittersweet.

Don't see it if don't miss it.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting

See it if We thought this was a brilliant show based upon a true but under-reported event. A really super production

Don't see it if You want a po-faced drama. This is played mostly light but there is some drama too

93
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, Must see

See it if You want to see an enchanting and " splendiferous " show that mixes music, puppetry, dancing and of course acting.

Don't see it if You think theater has to be old school. There is nothing " old " in this production, maybe not Kneehigh best show but it is still great

88
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if appreciate a multitalented cast who can act different roles and play instruments. .A unique low key yet uplifting look at the D-DAY invasion

Don't see it if Did not enjoy the puppets in War Horse. Rather not look outside the box for a theater experience

Also Slow start, be patient and be alert

83
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if Excellent production , outstanding choreography, touching story, well acted , skillfully directed and resonates for today !

Don't see it if You don't like childrens' stories and real life tales of World War !!.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like totally kooky and original anarchic and joyful theater and undeniable unstoppable diverse talent

Don't see it if you want easy to digest, happy go lucky theater, or if you don't like historical political themes

87
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like to be entertained.

Don't see it if you don't want good entertainment


March 21st, 2017
“Loads of puppets and Rice’s customary practice of putting instruments in the hands of her excellent actors lend a pleasing whimsy to ‘946’…Rice does not shy from the grimness of the military disaster...It is horribly moving. Yet in the show’s most demonstrative emotional moment, Rice and Morpurg...
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March 21st, 2017
“I certainly bridled—and the trouble began early…We're in a sugar-coated World War Twee where everyone was wonderful to everybody…There's a long, proud history of telling the story of wartime through children's (comparatively) innocent eyes…But ‘Adolphus Tips’ never questions the rose-colored gla...
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March 20th, 2017
"This charming and surprisingly touching creation by author Michael Morpurgo, director Emma Rice and the ever-inventive British Kneehigh Theatre Company. A talented multitasking ensemble and a merry band of musicians recall a dark slice of World War II...Don’t let puppets and toy soldiers and bat...
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March 21st, 2017
"Kneehigh is known for its bold theatrical choices, and '946' doesn't shy away from them—even if it doesn't add up to the same impact of some of its previous productions...Has a tendency to feel reminiscent of Morpurgo's biggest hit to date, 'War Horse'...'946' feels slightly less original than i...
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