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Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Ambitious

About the show

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.'

Member Reviews (19)


Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Ambitious
Avg Score

Disappointing, Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Oh boy, what a mess.

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.

Also I love clever children's theater and have enormous respect for actors,... Read more Read less

Incoherent, Scattershot, Exquisite marionettes, Ineffective puppeteering

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

Also The actors rolled out a mobile gift shop at the end of the show, which... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Quirky, Bizarre, Grating, Weird

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.

Quirky, Fluffy, Indulgent

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.

Also This was really absurd. I tried to find the beauty in it, and it was d... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are not sober or really like laughing at the most absurd.

Don't see it if you are expecting a cohesive, charming, kid-friendly show.


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).

Clever, Quirky

See it if You enjoy classic Czech marionettes with a modernized fairy tale.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy quirky puppetry.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like puppetry.

Don't see it if you want an intelligent story.

Excruciating, Insipid, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

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.

Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if enjoy standard marionette shows telling European folk tales. No surprises here. Dedicated puppeteers give it their all.

Don't see it if prefer a modern, inventive approach to puppetry.

Also Although it has always been traditional to incorporate topical humor h... Read more Read less

Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you like silly puppetry.

Don't see it if I really wanted to like this show but overall is was not as professional as I would have liked.

Confusing, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see beautiful marionettes in a traditional style

Don't see it if You want a cohesive show

Confusing, Disappointing, Funny, Fluffy

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

Quirky, Original

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 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.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You're into poorly produced and performed puppet shows with hackneyed political editorials.

Don't see it if You value your time.

Also My wife and I agreed this was the worst thing either of us have ever s... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky

See it if You enjoy confusing, prop heavy, avant garde theater.

Don't see it if Frenetic, prop heavy puppet pieces aren't your thing.

Also **Only one story was told, not two. Apparently the other story is told... Read more Read less

Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining

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.

Also I really wanted to love this show, but I found it ultimately confusing... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like Marionettes and innovative puppet theater with actors and objects, that is not just for the kids!

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

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