Already closed | 1h 30m | Upper W Side


From 69 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)

Member Reviews (69)


Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Delightful
Avg Score

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.

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

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

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.

Clever, Dated, Edgy, Slow, Disappointing

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.

Slow at times, Well-performed, Good for kids, 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

Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Clever, Thought-provoking

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Enchanting

See it if You have a big imagination and enjoy puppetry.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with no fluid theme and very dark staging.

Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Slow

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.

Clever, Original, Abstract, Artistic

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

Dated, Funny, 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

Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Masterful

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

Avant-guarde, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy mime-type performances.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

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!

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Refreshing, Slow

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

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

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

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Visually appealing

See it if Something very different focusing on experimenting with using the body and other effects to create wonderful short visual events. Creativity

Don't see it if Dont like dance and arent open to a variety of musical experiments. If yo need a story line or continuous theme

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Unique theatre experience. You like pantomime.

Don't see it if are bored with no dialogue

Delightful, Interactive, Creative

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

Don't see it if need a plot.

Clever, Masterful, Quirky, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to watch the wonderful mastery of the use of the theatre and lighting and puppetry and the human form.

Don't see it if you do not like the use of puppetry.

Entertaining, Quirky, Clever

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.

During previews
Clever, Slow, Repetitive, Visual, Unusual

See it if you like innovative puppetry/mime. Mum's the gold standard, w/dazzling images & funny gags. Don't all work & some repetition. Family fun!

Don't see it if you want full-engagement. Silence is hard; too many coughs, cell rings, whispers. Drum beats are a relief. Room for trimming scenes. But fun

During previews
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You want a family friendly, escapist show that’s clever, cute and has a few giggles. Fun and full of joy. A little too long at 80 minutes.

Don't see it if You’re looking for any sort of plot or something profound. This is simply warm hearted visuals. There’s also LOTS of kids running around.

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, 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.

During previews
Clever, Creative, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like creative performance pieces. It’s about shapes and movement in short vignettes. Very clever but a bit long even at 80 minutes.

Don't see it if You want a play or musical with a plot. Or need noise. This is silent for the most part.

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 ...
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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 sens...
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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 i...
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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 imagina...
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