File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 360

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 21:05:07 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Hobey and Mathieu in NYC

I met up with Mathieu Rene at Hunchback  at the New Victory.  I recognized
him from photos and knew he would be there.  I enjoyed the  show.  It was
very interesting to see how the children would take the tragic ending.  They
seemed to take it in stride.  I enjoyed the story as it is one I have
considered mounting since I began working in puppetry 32  years ago.  It is
such a sad story though and I wonder about  telling a story which ends so
hopelessly. As a teen it was one of my favorite books though.  What do you
all think about taking an audience through such a sad ordeal when there is
nothing hopeful in the telling? Is  it jerking an audience around?  It is
one thing to read a sad tale and another to take an audience there.  I
really just don't know what to think.  Redmoon's production is very
worthwhile and I'd recommend it to anyone in NYC area.  Afterward Mathieu
and I met the cast.  The next day I picked him up in Queens and he went
along to my show in Jersey. We talked shop the whole time down and back.  I
got to see one of his masks up close and his work is exquisite.  I am
inspired to try some paper mache again.  Sorry not to have looked any one
else up but my schedule was tight.
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