Previews start Sep 07

The Flatiron Hex

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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.

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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.

 
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The New York Times

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 about that blown bulb into nearly every scene. But in full light or half-light or no light at all, 'The Flatiron Hex' is a dauntingly original and possibly hallucinogenic delight.” Full Review

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Village Voice

for a previous production “‘The Flatiron Hex’ is both charming and supremely difficult to follow. Godwin dashes around, manipulating puppets, making voices, and chomping blood capsules (this is one of the gorier puppet shows you’ll see). The convoluted story, and Godwin’s occasional aggression toward spectators, can make the piece jarring to watch. But the odd antics and the ecological vision — more prescient than it seems — save the day.” Full Review

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The Upcoming (UK)

for a previous production "The futuristic puppet epic never downplays the End of Days, an annual event in NYORG, but provides it with an irresistible infusion of technology and hocus-pocus...The deadpan narration fits this crazy sci-fi perfectly…'The Flatiron Hex ' has a lot of the familiar, but is ultimately something utterly original and silly. " Full Review

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Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Walking out we weren't exactly sure what we'd just witnessed, but we can't say that we didn't enjoy whatever it was...This crazed second half is what saves the show from being just a bizarre puppet-filled detective story. It's like a film noir as written by Lewis Carroll...One has to admire the precision that goes into such a production. Ultimately this is not a show for everyone, but for those with a taste for the outlandish and weird, 'The Flatiron Hex' is a humorous ride of the imagination." Full Review

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AXS.com

for a previous production “A truly odd marvel…It takes about ten minutes to ‘get into it’ but once your mind adjusts to its quirky nature you will find yourself enjoying it immensely…The sound, video, and lighting were truly remarkable…The true genius of the show was its creator, James Godwin, who managed all the physical and shadow puppets…A hilarious, successful, and bizarrely-feel good live performance…For fans of the experimental and avant garde this show is an absolute gem.” Full Review

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CHARGED.fm

for a previous production “'Flatiron Hex’ creates something of the atmosphere of tongue-in-cheek film noir…Godwin’s ability to manipulate his voice to effectively portray a large variety of roles reminded me of the talent of Mel Blanc…The play is perhaps a bit too long to sustain its premises…But there is no question that ‘The Flatiron Hex’ is very imaginative and delightfully complex, something of a psychedelic journey into the brave new world of the computer age.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.com

for a previous production “Dozens of characters, all performed with sniper precision and impeccable timing…Godwin’s use of multimedia is simple yet effective…Some of the funnier moments of the script as were riddled with political and social farce. At times the comedy does get cheap…Overall the show is a delight. It is thought provoking and intriguing. Godwin’s most outstanding contribution to this piece is his commitment.” Full Review

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