Review: 'Animals out of Paper'

 

Half/Black Productions, Indianapolis

2.5 stars

Theatre on the Square: Main Stage. Gilgamesh is the world's

oldest known epic, an ancient Sumerian story about a king who tries to bring

his best friend back from the dead. Adapting such a tale is a tricky

proposition. First, there's a question of scale. Epics involve larger-than-life

characters acting in multiple dimensions of time and space. But what's even

tougher is that epics are all exposition, they tend to tell rather than show.

This production deploys some truly marvelous puppets (one of enormous scale)

and costuming, including masks, to great effect, but its storytelling strategy

remains elementary. The result is less epic than folk tale. As such, this makes

a fine Fringe offering for kids.

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.;

Friday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 29, 3

p.m.

For more, see indyfringe.org.

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