It opened last week, and Eye Weekly gave them a five star review. Now Magazine was stingier, giving them only 4 N's out of a possible 5 (NNNN=Sustained Applause as opposed to NNNNN=Standing Ovation).
Here is the press release for As You Puppet:
Hear ye, hear ye!! Hank's Toybox Theatre is at the Kids' Fringe Festival in Toronto this summer!
Come and marvel at AS YOU PUPPET - an abridged version of Shakespeare's As You Like It, as told by stuffed animals.
A technique known as “table top puppetry” brings the plush toys to life, wherein the performers remain fully visible while the puppets flop and frolic on table-high settings.
Shakespeare’s language has been carefully preserved, and puppeteers Jane McClelland and Mike Petersen create lush settings by transforming ordinary boxes, blankets and tables into everything from royal palace courtyards to sun-dappled meadows.
They are directed by Ken MacDougall and Tom McHale, with lighting designed by Michael Kruse, sound design by Saul Pincus, and stage management by Wayne Sujo.
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HANK'S TOYBOX THEATRE presents
AS YOU PUPPET
(WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S AS YOU LIKE IT with Puppets!)
adapted & performed by
JANE McCLELLAND & MIKE PETERSEN
directed by KEN MacDOUGALL & TOM McHALE
lighting design MICHAEL KRUSE sound design SAUL PINCUS
stage manager WAYNE SUJO
SHAKESPEARE FOR KIDS AGED 5-105!
PALMERSTON LIBRARY THEATRE
560 Palmerston Ave (2 blks W of Bathurst/Bloor)
THUR JULY 2, 4:50PM
FRI JULY 3, 8:05PM
SAT JULY 4, 2:20PM
MON JULY 6, 12:40PM
WED JULY 8, 5:40PM
THUR JULY 9, 3:45PM
SAT JULY 11, 12:25PM
SUN JULY 12, 7:05PM
$10 adults / $5 kids
fringe hotline: 416-966-1062
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