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MUMMENSCHANZ: you & me

From 9 critic and 65 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

The troupe's exploits use creative forms, shadow and light as well as manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks, and abstract shapes. The entire program of sculptural puppetry and visual antics is performed without music or sound. The result is a spectacle of entertainment that is suitable for the entire family to enjoy.

1h 30m | Already closed | Gerald W Lynch Theater (Upper W Side)


90
Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

85
The New York Times

“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 impulse...to make a branch or a puddle or a chunk of chalked up pavement into some new thing, some new world." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

“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.” Full Review

80
NewNowNext.com

“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.” Full Review

70
New York Stage Review

“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.” Full Review

70
ZEALnyc

“A visual art form performing without background music or even sounds...it 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." Full Review

65
Newsweek

“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.” Full Review

60
Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

85
Theater Jones

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." Full Review


90
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if If you love whimsy and have a vivid imagination

Don't see it if You do not like silent theater, and minimal staging

90
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy entertainment that is outside the box, physical, charming, and clever

Don't see it if If you don’t like kids, dont go. If you don’t like vignettes of physically portrayed emotion, don’t go.

Also This show is going to have lots of kids in the audience. So there is s... Read more Read less

87
Creative, Delightful, Interactive

See it if like mime, puppetry, animation, transformation.

Don't see it if need a plot.

86
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if We took my friend's grandchild to his first theater experience! What a delightful first!

Don't see it if you do care for children .... the audience was full of kids!

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Slow

See it if You can enjoy a venerable group of artists who avoid show biz cliches

Don't see it if You are too impatient to endure slow developing simple human interactions presented simply and quietly.

80
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.

Also Timeless delight; silence is golden!... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy clever, whimsical and playful wordless physical puppetry sketches. At times it feels magical and other worldly. Fun!

Don't see it if you are into realism and crave sound with your theater.

79
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate highly original, whimsical mime entertainment. If you are taking kids, this is great. Seems just a bit long, but delightful

Don't see it if you don't like whimsy, want action and music.

Also Hard to describe, like nothing else, amorphous shapes that take on a l... Read more Read less

77
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Unique theatre experience. You like pantomime.

Don't see it if are bored with no dialogue

75
Slow at times, Good for kids, Well-performed, No set/sound/special effects, Wordless whimsy

See it if you'd enjoy 90-min of whimsical moments that speak to ur childlike sense of wonder, esp if u enjoy seeing what different objects can become.

Don't see it if you have a hard time being in the moment w/ no story , soundtrack (it's silent), or drama (it's lighthearted). You want a fast-paced show.

Also When I first saw Mummenschanz 10+ yrs ago, I was really taken with the... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Dated, Unusual, one of those things you should experience once in your life

See it if you enjoy mime and "physical theater," you have attentive kids aged 8-12, or if you would like Symphonie Fantastique with no sound.

Don't see it if you have a short attention/concentration span. This show works best if you take a deep dive into it, achieving an almost meditative state.

Also Iconic Swiss mime/physical theater troupe uses oversized puppets, cons... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Imaginative, 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.

73
Original, Artistic, Clever, Abstract

See it if You like abstract/original type of shows (ie. miming/puppetry). It is a different type of performance, but nonetheless enjoyable.

Don't see it if You want a plot, a big production or are uncomfortable with silence (all you hear are pretty much the audience reactions here and there)

Also Slow and quirky at times but very visually beautiful at others. The pe... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Slow, Dated, Entertaining

See it if creative, child like innocence, passionate performers

Don't see it if some repeats from previous shows, can get corny at times especially when you see the performers, slow, some skits are better than others.

69
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If there are children in your life younger than 13.... my favorite thing during the show was hearing the kids reactions.

Don't see it if If you don't like shows geared towards children.

60
Clever, Edgy, Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if Very creative. It’s a theater experience unlike any other you’ve had.

Don't see it if Show was not as creative as it used to be. Many of the bits were repetitive. Don’t see it if you can’t sit through 90 minutes of silence.

70
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like shows with no plot or need to kill 80 minutes with your kids.

Don't see it if You need a story or hate the sound of children talking and laughing.

95
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show in the tradition of cartoons of the first 1/2 of the 20th century. Subtle adult themes while embracing children.

Don't see it if you don't want to see something without words or a plot.

93
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if I have seen mime associated with dance, the performers heads replaced by objects, such as a violin for the face, or the whole-body hidden

Don't see it if You do not like mime as an art form.

Also by the darkness of the stage. Although the actors are unrecognizable a... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you want to spend an enchanting evening exploring the utmost extremes of what is possible in the theatre

Don't see it if you require a plot, you dislike silence, or you are allergic to magical fun.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if You haven’t seen Mummenshanz at least once. What can you say about such marvelous creation?

Don't see it if You didn’t like the concept the first time you experienced this group. Or if you’re not a fan of an audience of children from infancy on up

90
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if Just a great show! Funny, unique and one of a kind show.go see it.

Don't see it if If you not like shows where they use blizzard things as props. Or a more traditional theater.

87
During previews
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if It is freshing to watch, knowing that they are using fabric to make wonderful shapes and figures.

Don't see it if No music and No words

86
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Enchanting

See it if You want to see puppetry in silence. The imagery is amazing. Very talented group.

Don't see it if You need music or you need a script.

85
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Slow, Entertaining

See it if If you haven't seen it before, you gotta. If you have (I have 2x), much of the surprise is gone. But still great for newbies, young or old

Don't see it if You've seen it a couple of times before or if you're looking for plot or meaning. It's a visual treat.


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