40,000-49,999 SparkPoints 44,313


Friday, May 17, 2013

The tale of a boy and his horse in “Warhorse”, though capable of having you shed a tear or two, is the marvel of the puppetry that overshadows everything that takes place on stage. At first you watch the human legs under the material that makes up the animals but within minutes you think you are seeing living, breathing animals on stage and they are as real as the person sitting next to you. The stars of this play are the people moving the horses, the Handspring Puppet Company that made them under the direction of Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, along with the director and choreographer of the horses by Toby Sedgwick. Though these names may mean nothing to you they are the heart and soul of the show and the horses: Danny Yoerges, Gregory Manley, Brian Robert Burns, Harlan Bengel, Rob Laqual, Jon Hoche, Adam Cunningham, Aaron Hasbell, John Greig and Harlon Bengel, fine horses all. Another remarkable animal is the goose, lead and controlled by, Jon Hoche who will bring a laugh to your face more than once.

The story of “Warhorse” is the story of a boy Albert (Alex Morf) who raises his horse named Joey from a foal and becomes a man due to the circumstances of WW1 and his horse. Joey is drafted into the army and Albert goes in search of him. We follow the adventures of Albert and Joey together and separately. During the play we meet Albert’s mother, the tender hearted but tough Rose (Angela Reed), his cowardly drunk of a father Ted (Todd Cerveris) who is responsible for buying and bringing home Joey, along with friends, soldiers and various women, who both Albert and Joey meet in their journeys through war and life. A standout is Andrew May as a conflicted military man. The large cast of over 30 work constantly, and tirelessly, during the whole production.

The play by Nick Stafford, based on the original novel by Michael Morpurgo, manipulates the audience to tears but it is the horses that hold your attention throughout, aided by the background projection and animation design of 59 productions. The technical aspects of lighting (Tom Schall and Paule Constable), costumes and sets (Rae Smith) are all consistent within the time and period the play takes place. The sound (Christopher Smith) is not as crisp as it was the last show here and makes it difficult, at times, understanding the English accents.

“Warhorse” is an adult puppetry marvel that equals any special effects that you may see on any movie screen but they are performed here by actors making you believe that they are horses, real animals with feelings, and let us not forget the funny goose.

Act 1 1 hour and 5 minutes Intermission 20 minutes Act 2 1 hour and 5 minutes Total 2 hours and 30 minutes

Smoke, strobe lights, gunshots on stage

Next tour stops: Fayetteville, Ark. 5/22 Charlotte, N.C. 5/29 Providence, R.I. 6/5
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks for the review
    1645 days ago
    Vow wish could see it thanks for your posts you do such a great job unable to get your books at the library
    1646 days ago
    I saw this last summer in Los Angeles (a b-day present to myself). It was amazing! I cried when I first saw Joey--the puppets and the entire production are so beautifully done, but in such a simple way. Not to mention it's such a good story. Definitely see it if you can!
    1646 days ago
    Wow! Sounds wonderful! I would LOVE to see it! What talented people to create the animals like that! emoticon
    1646 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.