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MUMMENSCHANZ: you & me NYC Reviews and Tickets

(69 Reviews)
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Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Delightful

About the Show

The renowned Swiss mask theater troupe conjures a magical world, full of possibilities, without uttering a word. Featuring some of Mummenschanz's most popular sketches, as well as new creations.

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Imaginative, Entertaining, See them once in your life

See it if You'd like to see skillful human puppeteers make images, creatures and clever beings out of, well, whole cloth.

Don't see it if You need music throughout, spoken words or are expecting a standard dance performance or a play. It's fun, but repetitive & a little dated.

Lots of fun / must-see, Delightful / enchanting, Nostalgic yet refreshing, Clever / sweet (moving), Creative / abstract / unique

See it if you're looking for something "new", not the usual drama or musical. Excellent receptive audience packed w/kids as young as 95 & as old as 5!

Don't see it if you can't handle giggling kids, &/or oohs & aahs & aaws from seniors (plus everyone else in between) enjoying & laughing their asses off. Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
July 10th, 2018

“Mellow and breathlessly inventive...A collection of classic, often amphibious routines, and a few new ones...Wordless and mostly silent...Sometimes it’s easy to see how the human performers manipulate these materials; sometimes the postindustrial creatures seem to move without any human help at all...At its best, the show is a tribute to the ludic make a branch or a puddle or a chunk of chalked up pavement into some new thing, some new world."
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New York Stage Review
July 10th, 2018

“That the pre-school and early-elementary set would respond so strongly to non-verbal entertainment may seem a given, but many of their parents, not to mention the majority of adults who came without children, seemed just as charmed...For all the clever choreography involved here, there is a sense of the contemplation and reflection we associate with stillness...Older fans who remember its first incarnation may find some of the pleasures in this production quaint ones.”
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Theatre is Easy
July 10th, 2018

"Another highly imaginative, enchanting show that magnifies the world with childlike wonder...A visual and cerebral feast for those of us who relish the experience of pareidolia (seeing faces in random objects)...The timelessness quality of Mummenschanz's work comes from the fact that they draw inspiration from the mundane, as children do; yet timelessness is also timely in 'You & Me'...Entertainment at its finest because it brings people together."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 11th, 2018

"I observed little change from earlier presentations. Though this show is billed as 'new.' practically nothing IS, but for 5 second spots like visual haiku. I found this extremely disappointing both because images without activity/character lack sustained interest and because such fertile imagination should have evolved...If, however, you’re new to Mummenschanz or have children who would be, its human puppetry can still captivate."
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Stage Buddy
July 11th, 2018

“The sounds of silence are beautiful in a spectacular new show by the playful team of Swiss puppeteers...The troupe uses clever movement and lighting to create poetic images that ‘tell a story’ in short vignettes, all without uttering a word...These shape-shifting figures are visually unique and can range from funny to sad to poignant...The troupe continues to do really special work and it’s always a delight to see.”
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July 18th, 2018

“The long-running troupe that specializes in ‘sculptural puppetry and visual antics’ has mounted yet another show done without a soundtrack, and you probably won’t miss the noise...It weaves a spell...As onstage images continually change—and an egg keeps growing—the ‘Mummenschanzers’ seems to be saying that with the slightest provocation, something immaterial can become major and something alarming can become beautiful.”
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July 11th, 2018

“A visual art form performing without background music or even is entertaining and draws the audience into its magical world...The various creatures and shapes morph and change before our eyes in some of the most astonishing ways...The objects inhabit elements of humanity, making them quite relatable...All very strong performers...While the show is entertaining...there is no overall through-line or arc, so it ends up coming off a bit random and somewhat unsatisfying."
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July 10th, 2018

“80 minutes of utter weirdness. It was like someone took all the noise out of ‘Stomp’ and replaced it with metaphorical symbolism...There was no soundtrack...Mild laughter broke the awkwardness, but it was fleeting and far between...At times, I was beyond bored...During other portions of the show, I had an absolute blast...If you don’t remember this troupe from when you were younger, it may be a hard sell. Still, it was an experience I will never forget.”
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February 28th, 2018
For a previous production

"Using pieces of fabric, masks, and props, the five performers take audience members on a journey with no linear narrative, but in the end, we all arrive at a destination. Once there, we discover our common joy through laughter, symbols, and simple yet striking images...On the surface, it’s incredibly humorous...But under the whimsy and wit, it points to the unique ways in which we perceive and make sense of our world...Overall, the show is deliciously timeless. It appeals to all ages."
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