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American Weather

From 2 critic and 7 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

About the show

From HERE's Dream Music Puppetry program comes this bittersweet work of material performance, inspired by daily life in America. More…

Layering movement, puppetry, live music, found text, and animation, Chris Green and a multi-disciplinary ensemble create an absurdist meditation on losing your footing in the pursuit of happiness.



80
StageBiz.com

"Deliberate randomness forms the strong visual story told by Chris Green’s 'American Weather.' Thanks to Green and his collaborator’s masterful multidisciplinary combination of puppetry, video, song, verse and live action, 'American Weather’s' barometer reads division...How this is accomplished is rigorous. In applying theatrical basics with care and intelligence, 'American Weather' is provocative." Full Review

70
Theatre is Easy

“An inventive multi-media performance…The loose and open-ended narrative is strewn with metaphor that might resonate in unexpected ways…However, 'American Weather' is certainly not the easiest show to follow…With clever design, the piece is a treat for theatre aficionados who appreciate multi-media storytelling. However, while thoughtful, the intentions and messages of 'American Weather' are perhaps too hidden to be fully comprehended or appreciated." Full Review


67
Slow, Poetic

See it if You like meditative abstract pieces that leave a lot of room for interpretation.

Don't see it if You expect a coherent story where each gesture is like a nail holding the structure together.

Also Intimate, dimly lit theater, soft music, melancholic projection imager... Read more Read less

61
Ambitious, Relevant, Indulgent, Slow, Great staging

See it if some well-done puppetry on display in this political piece of experimental art, it aims high, doesn't quite hit the mark, but interesting

Don't see it if you need a spelt out plot, fast pace or if patrionising political commentary winds you up (definitely don't read the program notes)

55
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Some great music

See it if You enjoy performance art. The description of this show doesn’t do it justice. As performance art it’d rate much higher. Some great parts.

Don't see it if You’re easily bored or can’t think outside the box...way outside!

Also If you enjoy the music of Philip Glass or Brian Eno you might really l... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if out of curiosity... it is a good idea anyway.

Don't see it if you prefer a well developed piece.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see an ambitious original work. Good music, good puppetry.

Don't see it if You expect some cogency, an attempt to approach the reported theme, and some check on personal indulgence.

38
Quirky, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Puppets and shadows enchant you

Don't see it if You want a plot

31
Indulgent, Confusing, Pretentious

See it if you don't mind virtually plotless abstract, impressionistic self-indulgence set to tolerable music

Don't see it if you like staged performance to have an absorbing plot or a compelling message


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