(Chris Jones’s article appeared in the Chicago Tribune, 10/17. The above clip is from the London production.)
The physical elements of the current spectacular attraction visiting Chicago Shakespeare Theater from the United Kingdom consists of the following: one puppet (hollow cardboard head and cloth body) and one table (rectangular, prosaic).
The diminutive puppet, whose name I did not catch but whose killer personality and improvisational chops will long be etched in my consciousness, lives on this table, with occasional
excursions into the air, and is manipulated by three noir-clad puppeteers from
Blind Summit Theatre. One does the head, one does the hands, one does the feet.
As this caustic, British, Bunraku-style dude dryly notes, no expense was spared this evening.
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