Sneak Preview Review: PENNY PLAIN

by Lynn on January 25, 2012

in The Passionate Playgoer

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett. Music and sound designed by John Alcorn. Lighting designed by Kevin Humphrey.

At the Factory Theatre Mainspace.

Produced by Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes and Factory Theatre.

In his latest production PENNY PLAIN, Ronnie Burkett, gifted marionette artist, creates a world gone mad. Disease has ravaged populations world-wide; global economies are destroyed; the atmosphere is compromised; a woman wants a puppeteer to create a baby puppet for her so she can then will it to live; a dog wants to be a gentleman and a young girl wants to be a dog. This upside down world is seen and commented on by a wise old woman named Penny Plain, who is blind.

PENNY PLAIN is astonishing. It’s a given that Burkett’s artistry with his marionettes is second to none. But it’s his concerns for humanity, his rage, open heart, and tenderness that make this work so compelling. Like all great artists, Burkett makes us see, listen and think in a different way.

Full Review on CIUT Friday Morning on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 CIUT 89.5 FM, from 9 am -10 am.

PENNY PLAIN plays at the Factory Theatre Mainspace until February 26

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