Saturday, December 13, 2014

Theatre Review: God (Gaia? Allah? Zeus?) Bless Us, Everyone

By Anita Gates
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater in 'A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa'Â Vit Horejs manipulates puppets of Scrooge and his clerk, Bob Cratchit.
NEW YORK---They should have brought out the camel a lot sooner. Near the end of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater’s “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa,” at La MaMa, a fuzzy camel marionette the size of a cocker spaniel suddenly appears and saunters about with the cutest of wobbles. But at a recent performance, the children — eight or nine of them on floor cushions, making up their own front row — were too far gone to care. Despite its self-consciously humorous multicultural title, this show is mostly “A Christmas Carol.” [link]

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre in 'A Christmas Carol, Oy! 
Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa.'Â Scrooge and Ghost Puppet. Photo by Orlando Marra.