Monday, November 24, 2014

Mini-Review: ArtsEmerson - The World On Stage - Presents "The Old Man and The Old Moon" by Pigpen Theatre Company

"The Old Man and The Old Moon"
Photo by: Liz Lauren

If your tastes run toward engaging folk tales told in a warm and cozy low-tech way that is simply mesmerizing, then keep your eyes open for the next time that Pigpen Theatre Company comes to town. They have just finished a limited engagement, presented by ArtsEmerson - The World On Stage, of their acclaimed production of "The Old Man and The Old Moon."

Simply put, the show is a folkloric tale of how the moon waxes and wanes, told by the troupe of seven actors/musicians, using song, narrative, shadow puppetry, and a dizzying array of clever stage craft using simple props.  One of my favorite was a lovable dog fashioned from a Clorox bottle and some white yarn.  It was a treat to suspend disbelief!

The performers, who met one another during their freshmen year at Carnegie Mellon, have been creating shows and music together ever since, and presenting them to an ever-growing and enthusiastic throng of followers and fans.  You can certainly add me to that list of those who have come to appreciate their artistry and their spirit..  The troupe are: Alex Falberg, Ben Ferguson, Curtis Gillen, Ryan Melia, Matt Nuernberger, Arya Shahi and Dan Weschler.  Their energy is infectious.  It was a fell good evening at the theater.

The performers were ably assisted by the Direction of Stuart Carden, Scenic Design, Puppetry and Costumes of Lydia Fine, Lighting by Bart Cortright and Sound by Mikhail Fiksel.

If you are regular reader of The White Rhino Report, it should be readily apparent by now that anything that ArtsEmerson presents - plays, films, concerts - is worth seeing.  So, why not save yourself the regret of missing something fantastic and the hassle of having to frequently visit the ArtsEmerson website to see what is coming up and buy a Season Subscription for yourself and someone special.

ArtsEmerson Website

Pigpen Theatre Company Website



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