LONG XMAS RIDE HOME at Magic Theatre

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Tonight we saw LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME at the Magic. What can I say? It’s a Paula Vogel play, so it’s wonderful, nonlinear, magical. It’s basically two parts: one with puppets portraying children on the ride home after a traumatic holiday; the other with adults portraying the grown-up versions of the puppets. It’s poignant, it’s clever, and there are some amazing theatrical moments with the puppets and other found objects. I personally found the portion where the actors are grown a little less interesting, but I guess that’s to be expected: just like an actor is always upstaged by little kids and animals, they must also find a puppet a tough act to follow.

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