This experimental, multi-disciplinary spectacle celebrates the life of Benjamin Banneker, a free black man living in Maryland from 1731 to 1806. More…
From the show:
The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker is a multi-disciplinary spectacle with a marching band, 12-foot puppets, shadow puppetry and moving projection screens. The band is an award-winning group, the Soul Tigers, young men and women who attend Benjamin Banneker High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
This event celebrates the life of Benjamin Banneker, a free black man living in Maryland from 1731 to 1806, who taught himself mathematics and astronomy, and made important scientific discoveries. In addition to Banneker's life, students from the high school contribute autobiographical material to the performance and will participate alongside professional performers.
See it if If you want more of a history than a play. Some good acting, and multi visual. If you like a story rather than a play.
Don't see it if Show is all over the place andslow at times. If you do not like puppetry. If you want a traditional more focused play.
See it if you like learning while pleasantly being entertained with good song, dance, puppetry, animation, narration, acting and a marching band!
Don't see it if you want a traditional biographical play. Here the action is varied, and perhaps the drum music sometimes too loud and long for some.
See it if you treasure creativity. Young cast uses dance & acrobatics to highlight their unique puppetry to share Banneker’s life & influence today
Don't see it if you are interested in a narrow focus biography of Benjamin Banneker. The information is here but this had a much wider scope
See it if You want a history lesson instead of a play as told through a narrator and puppets then this might be for you.
Don't see it if you are looking for a play with dramatic interaction, this is not it.
See it if you want to see High School students perform excellently whether in choreography, puppetry or drum line. Excellent use of multimedia.
Don't see it if you want to see a well written play. The narrative is all over the place. Often repetitive, misogynistic and totally unfocused.
See it if you want to see a wonderful Brooklyn high school production from some talented young people on a significant African-American figure.
Don't see it if You do not like puppetry and a marching band on stage.
See it if you are interested in a less known important historical figure that deserves much more attention
Don't see it if you don't like "downtown" theater; would not find exquisite puppets & props & a talented drum crew enough to sustain your interest
See it if You’re interested in an exciting music filled evening with an interesting true life storyline
Don't see it if Your disturbed by loud music And not too fond of non-traditional theater
See it if you are open to seeing a wonderful multimedia production including puppets, dancing, and historical drama staged so creatively.Fun, fun, fun
Don't see it if you are not open to an imaginative look at a great historical black figure who does math and astronomy expertly as a forgotten hero.
See it if you are interested in a super well done performance by a Brooklyn High School (I believe) about a black scientist I loved to learn about.
Don't see it if you don't like puppets or marching bands in theater plays.
See it if You enjoy seeing young people create and perform in a show. Puppetry, dance, drums, and singing all in telling us a part of history
Don't see it if You are looking for a big broadway production. It’s young people working well together in the magic of theater. It’s good to support them.
See it if You enjoy biographical innovative story-telling told in narrative, drum voices, dynamic dance, and beautiful puppeteering performances.
Don't see it if loud drumming marching band sound and multi-media, creative, original story-telling is not your style.
See it if you’re interested in seeing actors & talented HS students work together to create an evening of theater, including drummers, dancers & more.
Don't see it if if you require a well thought-out script, and a fully polished production.
See it if You like history told in a unique, multidisciplinary, exciting performance.
Don't see it if You are looking for a big Broadway musical.
See it if You like multimedia work & shows that contain a resonant message about the African American experience in the US.
Don't see it if The African American experience in the US doesn't interest you, you don't like multimedia shows.
See it if you want to see an unprofessional "history lesson production"
Don't see it if your time is better spent elsewhere. the story is interesting but the narrative is all over the place....as are the visuals.
See it if You appreciate history, inventive theater, stunning visuals, amazing puppets, fab marching band, great collaborative and thoughtful tapestry
Don't see it if You want linear storytelling, high polish.
Also Ideal La MaMa production--combines theater with community.
See it if You like puppetry, marching band percussion, stories about people of color.
Don't see it if You don't like loud music, you like more acting, less narration.
See it if you’d enjoy earnest, creative but not always well articulated stories about episodes in black history.
Don't see it if you’re looking for sophisticated story telling, aren’t interested in the black experience, don’t like loud music or hour long performances.
See it if you like out-of-the-box productions. This is a fantastic combination of puppetry, dance and music telling an interesting story.
Don't see it if You want a linear plot. The performance is short, a little over and hour, but a lot is packed in
See it if you enjoy original and inventive ways of presenting theatre. Puppets and a Marching Band. Excellent.
Don't see it if expect linear storytelling and don't enjoy imaginative offerings.
See it if you like puppetry, earnest staging, and seeing history refracted through a kaleidoscope of dance, music, and objects.
Don't see it if you're expecting a straightforward plot. This is more a collection of short, tangentially related segments.