New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Unfolding

From 2 critic and 21 member reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Clever, Delightful, Slow, Great staging

About the show

This puppet theatre production offers a contemporary fairytale that magically transports the audience through space and time, capturing the journey of a woman as she navigates a life of self-discovery. More…

"Unfolding" weaves together nostalgic youth and covetable wisdom to explore themes of female wisdom and empowerment, using moving performance and puppetry, shadow imagery, unique design, exquisitely hand-crafted puppets, and poignant original live music. The show has been performed at international festivals and venues in the USA, Bulgaria, and Turkey. 

1h 15m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)


95
Theatre is Easy

“An exquisite feast of puppetry storytelling with magic in every one of its crinkly folds...The show is a triumph in puppetry design...The use of light and shadow is also magnificent, adding breathtaking texture and depth to what can easily become a two-dimensional display...70 minutes of complex, finely tuned storytelling: there isn’t a single choice unexamined, or an object left unused...Simply perfect.” Full Review

90
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"Visually splendid story...So many details are rendered through this extraordinarily fine storytelling. This show has both a romantic sensibility and a playful wittiness. Recognizable moments provide happy laughs...Puppetry is alive and well all over New York City these days. 'Unfolding' is a joyous example of this fine artistry." Full Review


98
Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you admire lyrically and artistically beautiful puppetry and music, minimal text re women’s emotionality, spirituality, and literary voice.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy puppetry as art and poetry or prefer large casts, elaborate costumes or sets, loud melody-less music, or hip hop/jazz dance

88
Lovely, artistic, touching

See it if you have patience can relax and go with the flow. The last 10 minutes bring it all together in an incredibly moving way.

Don't see it if you think it's going to be Warhorse. It's nothing like it andthat description is very misleading. Or if you have a short attention span.

86
Inventive, Magical, Lovely to look at, Lightweight, Metamorphic

See it if you’d like to see a lovely extension of the European tradition of puppetry, a blending with aspects of Eastern puppetry.

Don't see it if a puppet show, even a lovely one, would bore you.

Also “UNFOLDING” is an ecumenical puppet show, blending several modes (mari... Read more Read less

86
Inventive, Entertaining, Slow, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy something very unusual--slow moving, inventive, romantic puppetry with great live music. It is enchanting and quite lovely.

Don't see it if you don't like puppets or can't handle a very slow paced and quiet show. It is rather "feminist" in theme so right-wing folks might object.

86
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you like puppetry

Don't see it if you do need to not be amazed

85
Refreshing, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you are looking for a creative telling of a story of a woman's path to motherhood, post-partum depression, to renewal and story-telling.

Don't see it if You are looking for something to entertain young children. Although the youngsters seated near me sat still and reported they enjoyed it!

85
Slow, Quirky, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you like puppetry and want to see something beautiful and unusual.

Don't see it if you need a lot of action or an easy to follow story (it gets a little abstract at the end - or maybe I just didn't "get it")

82
Great staging, Ambitious, Quirky, Enchanting, Slow

See it if you like puppets and dreamy, beautiful set design. Visually it was really beautiful and the 3 women did an amazing job with the puppets.

Don't see it if you need an exciting plot or fast-paced action. It was quite slow and a bit boring at times.

81
Intelligent, Great staging, Clever

See it if You want to see a "different" kind of show. Excellent performers, moving story

Don't see it if You have no patience for an unusual art form, non speaking story

79
Riveting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like modern puppetry and/or explorations of what it means to be a woman using unusual storytelling.

Don't see it if You need a story with dialogue or traditionally told.

79
Delightful, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

See it if you'd enjoy a different type puppet show with few words, great music, a fairy tale story represented with seen operators on a great set.

Don't see it if you require a lot of action - this is a leisurely paced story of a girl to adulthood and old age where you must pay attention to understand.

78
Great staging, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You want something sweet and meditative, imaginative artistically but not really creative at all in the plotting.

Don't see it if Puppets creep you out in any way (there's a *particularly* creepy one), you want an imaginative story, you need dialogue

78
Inventive, Idealized, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a cool, homespun puppet show. No dialogue. The whole stage & whole body used. Fluid puppeteering, a variety of images.

Don't see it if not into visual/material aspects. Story's rather twee (but didn’t go as I expected) so you must be into in the handiwork, fairyscape.

Also Very much a storybook come to life. Anchored by its handcraftsmanship ... Read more Read less

77
Slow, Enchanting, Clever, Innovative, Talented performance

See it if You enjoy mystical stories, if you are ok with some self interpretation of puppetry & music & if you like innovative if minimalist staging

Don't see it if If you want something energetic or straight forward

Also The story is a life cycle with some adventure, romance, responsibility... Read more Read less

76
Sweet, Great staging, Slow, Creative, Clever

See it if You love puppetry and creative staging. Sweet and beautiful.

Don't see it if You like fast-paced shows with action-packed stories. This is lovely, but the story is rather thin.

73
Slow, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if The puppets are beautiful and the staging is top-notch. It's a modern (almost entirely dialog-free) fairy tale.

Don't see it if It's a little light. Don't see it if crying baby noises give you PTSD or if puppets creep you out.

60
Slow, Confusing, Clever

See it if The puppets and scenery were very charming and innovative. People less narrative-focused than me will probably like it.

Don't see it if You like clarity of plot and are frustrated when you have no idea what is happening.

100
Ambitious, Enchanting, Must see, Masterful, Riveting

See it if PUPPETS AND STAGING AND MUSIC. Must see.

Don't see it if Don’t like art.

100
Refreshing, Resonant, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You’re looking for an inspirational and imaginative night of theatre. This show is unlike anything in New York right now.

Don't see it if You need text to hold your focus. This piece is almost entirely non-verbal but it’s accompanied by stunning live music and visuals.

80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you love puppetry, you enjoy a sweet story. If you are into interesting staging, you will love this. The scenery itself is so intricate.

Don't see it if you don't like plays without a lot of dialogue. There is next to none, although the music is great. Don't see it if you don't like puppets

Also The story, itself, wasn't really extra special, but the puppetry and t... Read more Read less

97
Delightful, Absorbing, Must see

See it if You want to be surprised at what puppetry can do. Magical, engrossing, spectacular storytelling.

Don't see it if You're looking for the same old popular theater experience. This is something you haven't seen before, and will stay with you forever.


Cast & Creatives (7)