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The Flatiron Hex

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Members say: Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

Little Shadow Productions brings back this solo puppet performance about Wylie, a contract shaman who works for NYORG—a city in the middle of a swamp. More…

Wylie uses his unusual talents to solve problems and do routine maintenance on the city’s interweb biotechnology. Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms at bay—that is as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct ritual procedure is followed. Inspired by speculative fiction and neo-noir, 'The Flatiron Hex' is a peek inside a parallel world infected with intelligent viruses and paranoia. Elements of the fantastic collide with the everyday to become evocative of a magical reality.

Member Reviews (18)


Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Ambitious
Avg Score

Dizzying, Funny, Masterful, Quirky, Clever

See it if Puppeteer with amazing repetoire of techniques draws us into a dystopian future NYC. Weird original characters, many hilarious moments.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy strange alternate universes, magic, blood and goo.

Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Imaginative, Quirky

See it if you appreciate skill, imagination and fun. Remarkable character puppets in a creative dystopian future. Sit close to appreciate the details.

Don't see it if you dislike puppets or intimate performance venues.

Quirky, Must see, Riveting, Funny, Skilled puppetry & storytelling

See it if Social action take on storytelling, sci fi, puppetry, shamans in a constant battle against evil + ChristopherWalken + NYORG + ritualTech r U

Don't see it if attention to small detail & intimate storytelling, lots of blood & guts, plus a healthy sense of the ridiculous are not in your wheelhouse

Ambitious, Quirky, Inventive, Campy comedy, Silly, adult fun

See it if you like a wide variety of puppets, the humor on Adult Swim, and picking up on the world-building details of a complicated plot as you go

Don't see it if a wacky, hardboiled, magical scifi adventure in dytopian New York doesn’t interest to you; you dislike the small scale of puppet theater

Also The plot has a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy sort of complexity and... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky, Childlike

See it if you want to see a performance using all sorts of puppetry to convey a sci-fi graphic novel to no avail.

Don't see it if solo performance and puppets are not your thing. Very unimaginative.

Disappointing, Epic, Quirky

See it if You enjoy creative puppetry. Your sense of humors straddles surreal and sophomoric. You lean into the weird.

Don't see it if You dislike the gumshoe/detective/Dick Tracy genre. You avoid shows that seem to thinnly veil the creator’s fetishes.

Weirdly unique, Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You are intrigued by multimedia performance art combining sci-fi, film noir, puppetry and comic sarcasm in a dystopian tale of a future NYC.

Don't see it if Nothing I described above interests you. But I am glad I gave this a chance and was entertained by it.

Confusing, Indulgent, Thrilling, Bizarre, Great puppeteering

See it if you like gritty (neo)noir; Shadowrun-esque cyberpunk; and Space Eldritch scifi-fantasy-horror. Yes, really, all these. Oh, and puppetry.

Don't see it if A one-man show with fantastical characters, fake blood, surreal worlds, and very little narrative logic puts you off. Very idiosyncratic.

Also A wonderfully weird show, that at times had me rapt and at others mere... Read more Read less

Inventive, Puppetty, Shaggy, Flat, Funny

See it if you enjoy a wide range of puppetry, all created and operated by the talented and funny James Godwin. Dystopian noir, NYC style.

Don't see it if you want a dramatic, impactful tale or cute, furry animal puppets.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Silly fun, Versatile voicing, Promising puppetry

See it if you do not mind a silly story line to showcase a promising voice talent /actor & puppeteer. There is a variety of puppetry/effects to amuse.

Don't see it if you don't dig childish humor for adults, amateurish puppet staging, & fake blood. It would be more impressive if it featured ventriloquism

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great puppetry, Clever

See it if you love puppets! This uses several kinds well (marionette, table top, shadow...). U like quirky cross-genre shows (noir/sci-fi/nerd comedy)

Don't see it if you don't like puppets or quirkiness. A few jokes will land better w/New Yorkers.


See it if you're interested in any kind of science fiction theater

Don't see it if Although this show was creative and memorable it didn't really pop and its flavor of strangeness would not appeal to everyone

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you're interested in the artistry - great use of puppetry, electronics, projections, etc.

Don't see it if you don't like gratuitous blood or sex or if you are looking for a classical noir story.

Also I was very impressed with the staging and use of multiple mediums. Sev... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want to see some amazing puppets that are part of a silly storyline that's too busy

Don't see it if Puppets and crazy storylines aren't your thing

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy creative one man shows with a tongue in cheek vibe

Don't see it if If you're not into avant garde

Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if you love a complex and rich plot that makes the audience work for it, like film noir/detectives, surrealism, absurdism, sci-fi, one-man show

Don't see it if you don't want to think

Also This was great!! A rich plot with beautiful puppetry. Each character w... Read more Read less

Great staging, Epic, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like old New York jokes, sci-fi humor, film noir style, comic book style, puppetry and inventive staging.

Don't see it if you devalue the efforts of a one man show with puppets, you don't like using your imagination and/or like jokes about New York City.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Blew my mind! Just incredible what this one person can do.

Don't see it if You need to have a lot of action. This is an intense, fun, quirky ride!

September 15th, 2017
"With an awesome display of virtuosity, puppeteer extraordinaire James Godwin vividly enacts an enthralling sci-fi tale with shades of film noir...Godwin’s delightful script co-written with Tom Burnett is an affectionate and rich amalgam of old movie conventions with a cheeky spin...Precise stagi...
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September 13th, 2017
"Performed with astonishing verve by Godwin...The plot is convoluted and purposely difficult to follow as one twist follows another and intrigues pile up...The complexity of this production is mind-boggling, if drolly rough at the edges...Godwin, who designed the intricate and varied puppets and ...
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September 14th, 2017
"A lighthearted exploration of several potentially heavy topics...It seems confused as to what message or questions the audience is meant to take away...It touches on issues that affect us all without the discomfort of working in naturalism or a recognizable universe. Unfortunately, without emplo...
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May 18th, 2015
for a previous production “Deliriously weird…It’s not every solo performance that makes you wonder if the usher has slipped some psilocybin into your preshow drink…The plot makes very little sense and probably made even less than usual during that preview performance, as Mr. Godwin couldn’t stop inserting jokes and gripes...
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