April 30, 2011


Last night, because I apparently have trouble progressing past a mental age of eight, I went to a puppet theatre to watch a show.

Actually, though the play had a few shadow puppet skits throughout, it was for the most part a "normal" play, "The Misery Play", starring real actors from Emerson's acting department (and directed by a graduate of Emerson's theatre education program).

Now, usually when I see Emerson acting students it's in the writing classes I teach, and to be honest I didn't have much idea what to expect — so I was pleasantly surprised by the genuine talent onstage, particularly Lindsay HR, who managed the difficult task of playing a mature, emotionally exhausted character despite being a baby-faced, wide-eyed twenty-something herself (the latter I may be projecting slightly, but still, playing older ain't easy).

Mostly, though, I enjoyed the play's aesthetics: an evocative soundtrack, interesting staging, creative props and costumes, and of course, despite a few technical glitches, the shadow puppets. (There's also a sock puppet, if you like that kind of thing.)

It's one for one more night — Sunday May 1st at 7pm, at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline Village — so if you don't already have plans for celebrating the international labour movement, well, what could be better than supporting those most downtrodden and under-appreciated of workers: actors?

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