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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

Banal, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if If you'r into puppets. Other than that, pointless. Complete visual piece that can be done in a 5 minute YouTube video.

Don't see it if I would not recommend this to anyone.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you like puppetry, you are looking for something completely different, and you don't mind repetition and the absence of a clear storyline.

Don't see it if you feel that visual beauty and originality cannot overcome a nonsensical story, slow pacing, and mind-numbing repetition

During previews
Enchanting, Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like paper art and indie style theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like paper art.

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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