The Great Plotnik

Friday, December 03, 2010

Lemony! Wow!

Two for TWO, people! Two December children's shows, or at least shows that have children in mind, both with music and...wait for this...both FABULOUS!

You read here yesterday about Shrek, and today you get effusive, embarrassingly complimentary prose in praise of Lemony Snicket! (Read the review of "Lemony Snicket The Composer is Dead" here and then figure out how you can see both these shows.)

Of course, you probably won't go see either one. If Plotnik had to pick between them, it would depend on whether he was taking little kids (Shrek) or bigger ones slash teenagers (Lemony). Berkeley Rep's Lemony Snicket multi-media production is a feast for the eyes, to be sure, and if you don't know Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)'s writing, you should. But both these shows are so far above the Christmas Norm, that is 8.6 on the Snooze Meter, that you can't go wrong with either one.

You'll want to go up to the front after the show is over and look at the puppet orchestra, like everyone else in the audience did.

Incidentally, they are all operated by strings, controlled from above, so why they are not called marionettes instead of puppets, Plotnik doesn't know. Maybe you do?


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