Oz in the News 2.7.14

89685The Woodsman: L. Frank Baum’s tale of the Tin Woodsman comes to 59E59 Theaters, puppets in tow  After meeting Nick (Nick Chopper in Baum’s original tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) as a small boy, the passage of time is cleverly illustrated by a montage of family portraits for which Nick and his parents pose through the years. The sequence in which Nick transforms into the familiar “Tin Man,” aided by a conveniently on-call team of Munchkin craftsmen called “The Tinkers,” is one of the production’s most creative. Puppeteers attach themselves to Ortiz as they operate his mechanical arms, though Ortiz diligently maintains his character, never succumbing to any of the logistical distractions. Simpson’s performance as Nimmie, however, wins our hearts (not to mention Nick’s) with her tender vulnerability and innocence that perfectly suits the mythic yet organic quality of the story.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Bedlam The Edinburgh University Theatre Company (EUTC) is excited to announce a production of L. Frank Baum’s beloved series The Land of Oz books is coming to the Bedlam stage. Adapted mainly from the first two books in the series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvellous Land of Oz, the EUTC’s version of these family classics will give younger audience members a chance to see these tales come to life and make older ones fall in love with Oz all over again. The script was produced once in 2012, when it ran for one night only in Edinburgh. With a little bit of tweaking, the play is back and bolder than ever, promising an evening of fun and adventure. “Anything is possible in Oz”


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