In the late 19th to early 20th century, toy (a/k/a “paper”) theater was at the peak of its popularity, featuring lovely model prosceniums and colorful paper characters. Great Small Works resurrects this lost art with its 8th International Toy Theater Festival, a 10-day event that features a host of new and traditional theatrical productions stationed throughout St. Ann’s Warehouse, along with a temporary museum that showcases vintage toy-theater memorabilia and other special events. Be sure to check out Peter Schauerte-LÃ¼ke’s Zeralda’s Ogre, a performance based on German author Tomi Ungerer’s children’s book (about an ogre who loves to gobble up the kiddies for dinner). And if that doesn’t suit your appetite, there’s also The Story of Radha and Krishna, an epic Indian tale (performed by singing puppets) that tells of their immortal love and how it changed the way we humans relate to each other.
Fri., May 23, 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 20, 2008