Storytelling, Music and Puppetry - The Long Christmas Ride Home
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A reclusive librarian -- the sole character -- finds a book that is 123 years overdue. When he opens it and finds a ticket for a Chinese laundry in London, his curiosity compels him to redeem the ticket leading him to another clue that sends him around the world on a global quest to track down the book's original borrower in Underneath the Lintel. Played by Paul Morella, the Librarian uncovers a mystery that seems to transcend the ages, but are the results due to investigation or madness? Underneath the Lintel is a moving journey of self-discovery where faith and facts intersect. Learn More
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Featured review from Rob from DC
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Good writing by Paula Vogel. The integration of music and sound effects is wonderful. At times, the story is funny and other times tragic. The cast, especially the actor who play the grandmother/grandfather (and several other characters) as well as the actor who plays Stephen as an adult are both quite good. The puppets are very expressive and add an interesting element to the telling of story. A minor flaw: It was disappointing that there was no clear outcome for the parents. Lastly, while this may sound like a "Christmas" story, you should not be confused and bring children.
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“A shiver-making experience! Enough to make even die-hard agnostics believe, at least for a moment, in the mystical powers of drama.” —New York Times
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Serge Seiden
The play offers brief, magical glimpses of the children’s future lives, but it always returns to that one fateful night, the claustrophobic car, and the moment a family shattered.
With The Long Christmas Ride Home, Paula Vogel has created a theatrical event of unique and lasting power. The Studio Theatre’s production features Bunraku-style puppetry, live samisen music, lush visuals drawn from traditional Japanese woodblock art, and a rich, theatrical staging. The play spirals outward from the violent events of one night, exploring their effects over the course of twenty years. The three children at the heart of the play-Stephen (Kevin Bergen), Rebecca (Tonya Beckman Ross) and Claire (Kate Debelack)-first appear as puppets, manipulated by the actors who will play their adult selves. Two narrators (Laura Gianarelli and Paul L. Nolan) frame the action and play the children’s troubled, longing parents.