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The Paper Hat Game

From 22 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Original

About the show

The Tank presents Scotty Iseri's misadventures as whimsical prankster through the language of toy theater and projection. More…

The hero of this visual kaleidoscope hands out paper hats on the subway with the intention of bringing a bit of childlike joy to daily commuters. But even heroes fall on hard times, and despite the Paper Hat Guy’s daily attempt to brighten the city, the city isn’t always able to reciprocate. Torry Bend transforms this almost-true story into a constantly shifting landscape of urban life via live puppetry, intricate models, photo-motion video, and a collage of shifting scenery—all layered into a performance space only slightly bigger than an oven.

Member Reviews (22)


Clever, Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Original

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if I usually love these...I guess I waited so long cause it was painful. This was one I felt was a waste of time. Maybe I didn't get it

Don't see it if all I can say is save your money. Sorry I waited so long...but...bleh

Clever, Slow, Interesting

See it if You enjoy toy theater and dream-like storytelling

Don't see it if You don't have patience

Ambitious, Enchanting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You are intrigued by puppetry and unconventional staging in story-telling.

Don't see it if You do not want to see unconventional puppetry.

Slow, Quirky, Clever

See it if Like to see a different way of telling a story within a movie, have a hour to kill.

Don't see it if you don't like puppets

June 26th, 2016
"This enchanting, sui generis toy theater piece provides a multilayered, multidimensional portrait of a Chicago in perpetual upheaval and a man who is nearly crushed by it...The timeless 50 minutes of the show’s duration is rather like a magically charged version of the hat from the title: an une...
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July 1st, 2016
"The entire enterprise is so singular, so original, and, in its small-scale way, so daring...Where 'The Paper Hat Game' disappoints is in the narrative department...It coasts for a good long while on its sheer visual invention...In the final analysis, 'The Paper Hat Game' succeeds more as a demon...
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June 28th, 2016
"An unexpected delight…It’s a transcendent experience as we delve into the psychology of a large and busy metropolis…The highly innovative video and photo motion animation will have you questioning what is real and what is imagined…'The Paper Hat Game' is both joyous in its childlike wonder and e...
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June 30th, 2016
"The narrative—which touches on themes of alienation, loneliness, and the difficulties of communication within the urban jungle—is a bit fuzzy and lacks fullness; even the visuals aren’t always immediately accessible. However, the overall combination of video, puppetry, and multiple scenic device...
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