Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Puppetwork's Pinocchio A Hit!

Puppetworks StaffEveryday is Pinocchio's birthday, lately, at The Puppetworks in convenient and trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Their perennial top notch marionette version of Pinocchio is currently on the boards in repertory... And it's a rare glimpse of authentic old world puppet goodness.

One kid, in the opening warm-up section, called the puppets: "Americanettes"... Cute, huh?

Actually all these little stringed people are rooted in rich Italian heritage overseen by the legendary Nicolas Coppola who was actually "in the house" for the terrific performance I caught...

These current puppeteer performers (Michael Leach and Jamie Moore) are both lively and dedicated to their craft. And that's no lie!

Puppets are oozing in great "character" and they appear extremely well-manipulated, capturing every little nuance and gesture from the sharply written and comically timeless script by Nick Coppola.

Voices and music remain fresh and lively... (Voices by Adam Kilgour, Erica Brown "Eureka", Terry Alan Smith), Mr. Nick and the clever and stylish sets by Kevin Frisch are perfect!

Children in the audience were completely spellbound by this production. Chaperon's were as well, for that matter... This show, at 45 minutes, is, as they say in the biz, "tight"!

Nicolo Greets the Puppetworks CrowdIf you've never been to this little gem of an old-fashioned hand-carved marionette theater then, you are too long overdue...

Puppets waiting for make-overs for their next performance hang throughout the house high above the heads of the audience adding a unique ambiance. Here's a gallery of Puppetworks' puppets that I put up on Flickr with permission of the big Gepetto...

Check the Puppetwork's website for their complete schedule of upcoming public puppet works of Pinocchio as well as other hugely popular titles. It's easy to book your own group, school, day care center, or private party, for a very reasonably priced "old world" experience that your audience will remember for a lifetime...

(Note: This review first appeared on Postcards from Hell's Kitchen)