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

During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Timeless, Slow, Imaginitive

See it if you want to see a series of wordless, whimsical, delightful sketches from the forebears of Blue Man Group, Stomp, Pilobolus, et al.

Don't see it if you expect a high energy event, every skit to be a hit (an audience participation skit bombs), or much that's new from this venerable troupe

Also I was excited to see a new Mummenschanz show, as I have fond memories ... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Unique, Charming

See it if You want to bring your imagination into overdrive. Great fun for children & adults. Many tiny scenes often with humanist themes, no politics

Don't see it if You want serious drama. There is no conversation & no sustained plot or ongoing characters.

During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Slow, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You enjoy performance art. You like movement-inspired shows. You want an unique theatrical experience.

Don't see it if You don't like performance art. You want music w/your art: this is done in almost complete silence. You want a show w/a story.

Also Some of the sequences were pretty & delightful, others went on too lon... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Refreshing

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

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Creative

See it if you like creativity at its best and you also have a sense of humor. A very creative show for adults and children.

Don't see it if you like a show with a plot or music. This show is done without words or music.

Also I saw this company many years ago. It has maintained the same creative... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Ambitious, Dated

See it if You are nostalgic for your childhood when everything silly made you laugh. I applaud the actors or puppeteers who were very creative.

Don't see it if You squirm in your seats over repetitive stunts after you figure out how it is all done. You do not have a child's sense of wonder.

Also The best part was hearing the small child with a silly laugh respond t... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Unusual

See it if you are curious about the troupe, who have been around for a long time; you enjoy old fashioned light and movement scenes - some updated.

Don't see it if you are easily bored; do not enjoy all the chatter of "little ones" who are encouraged to attend, even though they are quickly bored.

Also Having never seen this, I was curious. Might have enjoyed it in years ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Quirky, Riveting, Hilarious, Absorbing

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

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Novel

See it if you like a dose of positivity, “how are they doing that?” moments, unconventional use of materials, inanimate objects made expressive.

Don't see it if you’d find all this good naturedness cloying, don’t care for (flawless) physical theater, want the creativity applied to make an argument.

Also This is all heart & craft. Skits range from adorable (the body cylinde... Read more Read less

During previews
Creative, Clever, Quirky, Somewhat repetitive, Slow

See it if creative staging, interesting visuals, great for children & young adults.

Don't see it if mime turns you off. At times some of the pieces seem repetitive & not everything works. Still, some clever bits may make it worth your while

During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You’ve heard about them but never saw them in their prime. They were once terrific but no longer

Don't see it if You are expecting the terrific troupe that once was.

Also Sadly the company has lost its inventiveness and especially its sense ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy puppetry, mime, acrobatics and humor all in a uniquely creative mix.

Don't see it if you need music or talking; there is none.

Also Others have said this is family friendly, and it is in that there is n... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

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.

During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Too long, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if Body movement segments were ingenious, but there not many of those. Lots of laughter from kids which scores a big ++ Much too long.

Don't see it if There is no speaking, no music, 99% silence.Will you like that?

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you miss the days before digital entertainment consumed the masses. This simple puppetry is dated in a way that is nostalgically charming.

Don't see it if won't be entertained by simple gestures--like a smile--or a large balloon.

During previews
Entertaining, Inventive & imaginative, Visually striking & amazing, Delightful & funny, Edgy

See it if You're up for a very fun bit of pure non-verbal theatre that transcends language and exercises the imagination.

Don't see it if Since silence and movement create their own expressive music and vocabulary, don't go if the idea bores or if kids around you intimidate.

Also It's amazing how quickly the human mind adapts to a basic vocabulary o... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Edgy

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.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you want to enjoy a simple,light-hearted show-one for all ages,that will make you forget all your troubles for 80 minutes

Don't see it if you want a serious show with a plot, music and dialogue

Also The show probably hasn't changed much from the original version back i... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You want to see something truly unique and clever, that is innovative performance art both humorous and good for the whole family.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows without music or much sound at all, or can’t stand being in a theater with a lot of kids who go a bit crazy.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy clever movement.

Don't see it if You are looking for words to accompany movement.

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

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

During previews
Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you think you'd like watching visual theater, such as performers transforming materials into people/objects.

Don't see it if you get bored easily or if you don't want to sit among kids who get up/down & yell out loud, or have things tossed about your head.

Also I thought I'd like this one, but I was extremely bored 10 minutes in. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Funny

See it if Enormously entertaining family show Magical creations of undersea denizens and Gumby-like creatures that play ball with you...a

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor. You want music and sound effects with your shows. You don’t want to sit in front of, behind or next to a child.

Also very large ball...are just a fraction of the wonders you will see sans... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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.

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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