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Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 13:51:21 -0400
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Subject: [Puptcrit] Shameless Self-Promotion: Hoopla for Measuring Man!

Hi, everyone!

The review for Mum=B9s latest show just came out! Measuring Man is the show I
created with Daniel Stein about six years ago, based on the life and work of
Leonardo da Vinci. We've been performing it since it premiered at Mum six
years ago and this year it is one of the featured productions of the
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

We're playing through October 1. The first two weeks of the run are part of
the festival, and the last two weeks mark the beginning of our subscription
season, which also includes the American premiere of Alan Bennett's "The
Lady in the Van," and our first musical, "The Wizard of OZ."

I know you don't have a lot of time to click on links, so the review itself
is at the bottom of this message. If you want to see it for real, click

If you want to find out more about our awesome season, click here:

Measuring Man is a great start to a great season. I hope you can join us for
all or part of it!



Robert Smythe
Artistic Director
Mum Puppettheatre
115 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
T: 215.925.7686
F: 215.922.5184

Mum Puppettheatre:

PS =AD This holiday season skip the MoMa gift shop and support Mum by ordering
your very own set of 8 note cards featuring images from When the War is Over
the World Owes Me a Living and  From the Ashes. Each set costs only $5
they=B9ll make great gifts
this holiday season, so order your set today!

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Posted on Mon, Sep. 12, 2005
By any measure, show is a charmer

By Howard Shapiro
Inquirer Staff Writer

I've not decided which I like best: Following the strange labyrinth of
Measuring Man as it twists and turns, or watching the two men who helped
create it, and perform it, at work with each other. Not that anyone's
forcing a choice; you get to do both at the same delicious time.

Mum Puppettheatre's creator, Robert Smythe, and lanky actor Daniel Stein,
who can move like a Slinky toy, are putting on a fine 75 minutes -
ostensibly about the life of Leonardo da Vinci, the intersection of his art
and science, the meaning of perspective, the purpose of shape, and the
vagaries of balance.

So much for the contents. Now, on to watching the guys work: The show is as
much about timing, the art of response and counter-response, and the way
lighting - James P. Murphy's, in this case - becomes part of the

If it sounds like some academic treatise, forget it. Measuring Man, first
performed here by Smythe and Stein in 2000, is often a stitch, and an
abstract one. When they're not oil and water, Smythe and Stein are integral
parts of a whole, with (of course) puppetry, plus grace and an offhand charm
that bounds from the ether. In one top-notch scene, they create a hilarious
light-show behind a scrim. In another, Smythe pulls a motor-mouthed Stein,
attached to stretch ropes, into the void. Yes, you have to be there - and
you should be.

$20. 2 and 7 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. next
Saturday. After the Fringe, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
through Oct. 1. Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.

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