Oz in the News 2.11.14

7560_733066786704194_613046358_nReview: The Woodsman  An almost wordless theatrical experience, with an initial framing monologue, movement and music throughout, elegant puppeteering, and lovely lyrics delivered by the enchanting ensemble at the end. Spare, inspiring, moving, delightful theatre with sometimes handheld lighting and other simple shadow effects. Occasional moments inspire thoughts of the 1939 M-G-M evocation of the Oz world — e.g. an oil can that emerges to un-squeak Nick’s newly assembled arms makes the distinctive sound “cluck cluck” sound of the oil ministrations by Scarecrow and Dorothy to the 1939 film’s rusted Tin Man. These derivative moments are fun (my audience happily chuckled) and yet are far between. Strangemen & Co.’s delicate  fairy tale-telling wonder draws from some of the same raw materials as prior films and staged creations and still is all new, “great and terrible,” and simply marvelous.

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