File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 65

Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 13:05:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] The Griffin & the Minor Canon

With all due respect to Robert's frustrating experiences with Starry Night, I just want to make sure that the memory of the entire production is not sullied.  I remember the production vividly having seen it in Atlanta at that festival and I don't even recall the fencing masks. What I recall is a clever and memorably excellent production.  I also got to know the directors at that festival and beyond and found them to be thoughtful and rather intelligent.  I'm sure they learned a lot in this production.  But as Robert Smythe often says- appropriately- puppetry is a form of theatre, not an isolated artform all on its own.  Artists come to it from many different directions.  I would prefer to celebrate the fact that talented artists- yet again- discovered the power of the puppet in the creation of a theatre production rather than malign them for their lack of instant omniscience in the art of puppetry.
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