(Lyn Gardner’s review appeared 8/26 in the Guardian.)
Once upon a time, the marvellous Russian company Derevo gave us Once, a heartless fairytale of moonbeams and moonshine. This latest piece from Anton Adasinsky and his company, who have previously wowed Edinburgh with shows such as Ketzel and La Divina Commedia, feels very much like the offspring of Once. It, too, is touched by moon madness and thwarted love, and it is a reminder that there are no lasting happy-ever-afters. Whimsy is always cut with despair, Romeo woos but fails to win his Juliet, the tears of the clown never dry up, and the great tyrannical puppet master in the sky still pulls the strings, however much you try to escape him.
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