Theatre for the New City presents the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's interpretation of Czech, Slovak, and Italian fairy tales brought to life by dozens of puppets and a mounted deer's head. More…
The evening is named for its first story, a Czech tale in which a charcoal burner's son, predestined by his fairy godmother to marry a princess, is sent by the evil King on a quest to find the sun's three golden hairs. Resolving three more difficult tasks along the way, he returns with rich rewards, angering the envious King who gets his comeuppance.
The second tale, 'Salt over Gold,' is a Slovak story with echoes of 'King Lear.' A princess who values her father "only as much as salt" is banished, but returns to save her dad when salt disappears, throwing the kingdom into disarray.
The third tale is a version of the same story, known to Italian readers as 'Dear as Salt,' from Italo Calvino's famous 1956 collection, 'Italian Fables.'
See it if If you like puppets. Puppets on display were interesting especially the pregnant one who gives birth.
Don't see it if If you don't like quirky shows. I wasn't expecting to see the puppetiers doing the puppetry openly usually the puppeteer is hidden.
See it if ....you enjoy standard marionette shows telling European folk tales. No surprises here. Dedicated puppeteers give it their all.
Don't see it if ...you prefer a modern, inventive approach to puppetry.
See it if you have a love for puppets- some 200 years old, if you're drinking after or just finished. Can be in the moment & laugh at the banal.
Don't see it if you expect theater. Even as a 'fairy tale" it lacked a lot. Not for kids as it's too late in the evening & puppets are scary.
See it if you'll like looking at antique puppets and hearing a story with adult (mostly political) humor told the way one would a child.
Don't see it if you can't let yourself run with absurd childlike stories with no depth (this was lacking even fairy tale depth).
See it if You're after a very amateur production and don't mind that the people are as involved as the marionettes. Was original and funny in places
Don't see it if you've high expectations - it is a tiny studio and I was hoping for more puppetry
See it if You are into Czech puppetry (which involves rather non-family-friendly puppets and story elements, but is overdone as if for young children)
Don't see it if You don't want to listen to grating falsetto voices, are creeped out by puppets, want a traditional show, don't care for political jokes.
See it if your interest in the aesthetics of historic puppets supersedes the need for an intelligible performance
Don't see it if you have no interest in puppet theater , folk tales or childrens theatre- caliber players
See it if You have unwavering interest in children's theater, no matter what.
Don't see it if Are hoping your kids will be charmed/delighted by marionette theater. This one's incomprehensible, seems unrehearsed, and poorly executed.
See it if you get a free ticket and want to watch some puppets for an hour
Don't see it if you are looking for a kid's show because it is creepy and kinda adult, or if you are looking for an adult show because it is basic and bad
See it if you want to see an example of awful theatre. It's not scary, funny, witty, or charming. The marionettes aren't used well or often enough.
Don't see it if you have anything better to do with your time. Don't sit in the front, or you'll be covered in glitter.
See it if You're into avant-garde small-type productions, and you are interested in antique marionettes. Also if you're into the utterly absurd.
Don't see it if You want a super-professional production, or you want a coherent storyline.
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