File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 328


Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:11:27 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Cc: Paul Zaloom <Zaloom54-AT-aol.com>
Subject: [Puptcrit] Paul Zaloom in "Dante's Inferno"


I just had the pleasure of watching "Dante's Inferno",  a miniature puppet
theater production, on DVD. It features some major stars along with Paul
Zaloom, and I think it is pretty great. The style recalls Jenny Geiser's
work, but there is some shadow puppetry and an outrageous in-person
appearance by Zaloom as Satan.

I'm very familiar with "the Inferno" - and even worked on a puppet opera
version with Indonesian artists entitled "Visible Religion" (toured Seattle,
Chicago) that was well received. This production has a lot of fun with the
revered text and puts a lot of your least favorite politicians where they
belong - in hell. The execution - music, sound design, lighting performances
- is excellent and raise the bar for puppet productions. A musical number
about lobbyists in Washington is worthy of Broadway.

I strongly recommend it. <http://www.dantefilm.com/> for more information.

DAN MCGUIRE
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