Friday, February 12, 2010

Unauthorized Magic in Oz

For Sam's view, see this blog.

Einhorn adapted Unauthorized Magic as a puppet play for his Untitled Theater Company #61 during Great Small Works' Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann's Warehouse.

The story (see the previous blog for summary) follows Einhorn's short story to the dot, dialogue being almost verbatim to what was there. The only major change is that Ozma, although she is mentioned, does not appear, and her role is filled by Glinda.

Some additions are done for the puppet theatre: the story is now narrated by the Living House, dropping information the audience will need to know for the story. It works and the House manages to add more humor the story.

The puppets, designed by Eric Shanower, are wonderful! While some look like animated cutouts, it is the actors voicing them and moving them that bring them to life. And that's how it should be.

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