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Swan Balloon

Dan Bernitt; New York

1.5 stars

Swan Balloon is a children's story that was read by a

narrator sitting stationary in the middle of the stage, speaking almost

exclusively in monotone. There was nothing imaginative or engaging to be found

in its storyline, characters or subtext. The rare moments when the narrator

showed life felt forced, like he was doing someone a favor by being there. The

audience is expected to be touched by the apparently sordid separation of two

friends, but the relationship was only developed for three minutes of the

hour-long story, leaving me feeling as disinterested in the outcome as the

narrator seemed to be.

Phoenix Theatre: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 9:00 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 26, 6:00 p.m.;

Saturday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m.


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