File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 483

Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 21:27:34 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Seeing Pro puppets up close

Thanks for the tip, Caro! I just came back from _The Lord of the Rings_ 
megatheatrical (also occasionally metatheatrical, including a very _Endgame_-ish 
call out in the audience's direction to see if there's anyone "friendly out 
there") production. Ignore the terrible reviews! The spectacle is enough to 
justify going (I don't want to give too much away, but the giant spider is 
pretty terrifying), but I found myself actually empathizing with the characters, 
contrary to what Kamal Al-Solaylee writes in the _Globe_; moreover, I thought 
the set was used to great effect. Certainly, hydraulic supersets are not what I 
am used to seeing as an audience member who spends most of his time at the 
puppet theatre, but I thought the various levels were used to further the 
storyline and emotional heights, not just as spectacular elements in and of 
themselves (not that this would be necessarily "bad").

You might find it terrible. Just don't avoid going simply because of the 


Jamie Ashby

PhD Candidate: "Ideas in Motion: New Work Development at Puppetmongers Theatre 
Graduate Centre for Study of Drama,
University of Toronto

Co-founder, PuppUTopiate: the *only* puppet company at the Univ. of Toronto

Quoting Caro Naidin <>:

> Saw "The Star Keeper" in Toronto and I enjoyed it a lot.The puppets and  the
> marionettes are grotesque looking, but beautifully crafted! Very  good
> manipulation, strange attractive music, subtile humor, superb  lightning.
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