Posts Tagged ‘puppets’

OMG, It’s “War Horse” at Our Curran Theatre – A Spectacle – Positive to Enthusiastic Reviews – Ends Sept. 9th

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I don’t know what you’re looking for in a play, but how’s this?

2011 Tony Awards:
  • Best Play
  • Best Direction (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)
  • Best Scenic Design (Rae Smith, winner)
  • Best Lighting Design (Paule Constable, winner)
  • Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt, winner)

In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company won the Special Tony Award for War Horse.

So yeah, War Horse at our SHN Curran Theatre is a puppet show based on a children’s book, but it looks amazing.

Speaking of which, here’s SFPD horse “Hammer” meeting SHN horse puppet “Joey” the other day in Golden Gate Park – check the video:

Click to expand – more deets on this equine experiment from Kavin Fagan here

And, the reviews:

Miracles abound in the electrifying “War Horse per Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle

A theatrical coup” per long-time San Francisco critic Janos Gereben

It’s “spellbinding” per Karen D’Souza of the San Jose Mercury News

War Horse earns its stripesper Ken Marks of KQED

War Horse is the one touring show that shouldn’t be missed“ per Cy Ashley Webb of the Stark Insider

Four stars out of five per Albert Goodwyn, SF Performing Arts Examiner

It’s a great show. You (and your kin aged 12 and up) ought to go see it.

And oh, BTW, if you don’t already have tickets for The Book of Mormon, you know, the Best Musical of the Century (already!) per the New York Times, well, it’s time to start freaking out. You can’t buy tickets now because the only way to do that is to get a subscription for the 2012-2013 season (you know, Lion King, Wicked, etc.) but here’s the catch: SOLD OUT, baby! Already. So you’re going to need to move move move when individual tickets go on sale, whenever that will be. BoM, which is, fundamentally, a “love letter to religion written by an atheist,” however foul-mouthed it may be, will only be here for five short weeks. Every last show will sell out, just saying.

OMG, It’s Naughty Puppets Improvising at SHN’s Curran Theatre! Jim Henson’s Son Leads “Stuffed and Unstrung”

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Stuffed and Unstrung debuted to a full house last night at our Curran Theatre on Geary in Union Square.

Don Sanchez has the mature-theme warning for you and Robert Hurwitt has The Review of yesterday’s show.

Oh, and the Stark Insider calls it Very Good. And Jean Schiffman likes it too, certainly.

Brian Henson opening the second act all by himself:

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Get all the deets right here, but hurry, this one ends August 27th, 2011.

See you there!

Peter Pan is Fantastic – A Must See-Show Inside the Big White Tent Near the Ferry Building

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Long-awaited Peter Pan has been showing for couple of weeks already, but last night became the official premiere owing to the fact that May 9th was the 150th birthday of writer J. M. Barrie. Everybody there, including District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, KGO-7 View from the Bay’s Janelle Wang and famous photographer Bill Wilson, seemed to be having a great time anyway.

The circular CGI works, the puppets work, the flying works – it all works. You can’t beat this for $30* of live entertainment. It’s a show for kids of course, but most adults should have no problem getting into it as well. (Didn’t see no cranky, protesting I-never-leave-home NIMBY types nor cranky I-never-should-leave-home Yelper types yesterday myself, so that’s good.)

Everybody loves the whimsical Croc. Tick tock:

Click to expand. Via Simon Annand

There’s not a really bad seat in the house - it’s what you call intimate with even the nosebleeds placed pretty close to the stage. Here’s the view from Block B. Block A is to the right and Blocks D and E are on the other side of the stage. Note the giant oculus above the giant CGI screens.

And there’s candy, candy, candy available at the Fairyland Candy Shop:

And, of course:

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Throw in a sexy, in-shape knife-wielding princess and a couple of sexy, in-shape Cirque du Soleil-style mermaids and there you go.

Oh, and speaking of NIMBIES, it turns out they were crying over nothing.

HUGEBRANE Ugly white plastic tent thing where a beautiful open space park had been. I’ll be glad when this monstrosity is gone. Fortunately, it’s not generating the noise I thought it would.”

(Note the handle.) So all that hue and cry over the Rec and Park Department making a few bucks was over nothing, it turns out. Moving on….

See you there!

(Try ordering a Peter Panini (smoked ham, brie, granny smith apples, wild arugula and local honey) just for the lulz. You don’t even need a ticket to wander about the village.)

*And up.

All the deets, including casting, after the jump.

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The Best Way to Get Tickets for Peter Pan in San Francisco, Debuting April 27th

Monday, March 15th, 2010

J M Barrie’s Peter Pan at the world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre will make its U.S. premiere April 27th in San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza. It’s shaping up to be something like Cirque du Soleil, except it’ll be cheaper and aimed more at kids. That’s my guess.

Anyway, interest in seeing P.P. is high already, so get your tickets now if you are at all interested – there’s no need to pay the scalpers anything at this point. Und, for your convenience, starting today, you can go to a box office to get your ticks and avoid any fees. All the deets are below. Facebook, Twitter, etc.

This is the scene down at Ferry Plaza near Washington and the Embarcadero. The construction site is akin to Cirque du Soleil’s OVO traveling tent show: 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN APRIL 27, 2010
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WHAT:        
Two new satellite box office locations are now open selling tickets for the U.S. premiere of a spectacular new stage production of PETER PAN.  J M Barrie’s classic story is performed in the world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre set in San Francisco’s Ferry Park on the Embarcadero opposite the Ferry Building. 

In addition to purchasing tickets online or over the phone, patrons can now buy tickets in person at the new PETER PAN  Justin Herman Plaza Box Office located at the end of Market Street @ Steuart Street (NO service charges for tickets purchased here). The other convenient new location to purchase tickets to PETER PAN is right inside the Stockton Street entrance of Macy’s in Union Square.

PETER PAN at The threesixty° Theatre will be an iconic destination on San Francisco’s historic waterfront. The cast and audience are immersed in a CGI Neverland, so that when Peter and Wendy fly to Neverland the audience flies with them over 400 square miles of virtual London and beyond. A magical park-like setting will be created that invites patrons to enhance their entertainment experience. With refreshments available on-site, a behind-the-scenes Into Neverland tour and a free 100 Years of Peter Pan exhibit, audiences will begin the journey before the performance commences.

WHERE: 
New Satellite Box offices

Justin Herman Plaza Box Office located at the end of Market Street @ Steuart Street is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
   There are no service charges for tickets purchased at the Justin Herman Plaza Box Office

Macy’s Department Store in Union Square located at the Stockton Street entrance is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Online and phone TICKET INFO: 
Tickets can also be purchased online at peterpantheshow.com or by calling 1-888-ppantix
(1-888-772-6849).  For groups of 15 or more, please call 1-415-551-2020 or email groupsales@shnsf.com.

Ticket Prices:
Tickets for PETER PAN range in price from $30 to $85.
A $20 discount for children 12 and under is available for select performances.

Premium tickets for PETER PAN are available. For details, check online www.peterpantheshow.com

SHOW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Tuesday & Thursday at 7 PM
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM
Wednesday & Saturday at 2 PM
Sunday at 1 PM & 5 PM

For more information about PETER PAN:
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Peter Pan and a 360-Degree CGI Set Coming to San Francisco on April 27th, 2010

Friday, November 20th, 2009

[UPDATE: Box offices are open now in San Francisco - the one with no fees is by Embarcadero Station. And, it's a hit! Check it.]

Starting April 27th, 2010 down by San Francisco’s Ferry Building you’ll be able to see a live-action performance of Peter Pan with 22 actors inside a huge tent that will have projections on its walls. It’s new-school theatre in the round. You know, for kids

Check the video, see what you think. The whole shebang will run seven shows a week until July 4th at Embarcadero Plaza at the foot of Washington Street. Just go to Embarcadero and Market Street and look for the big white tent at Ferry (or is it Fairy?) Plaza (aka Sue Bierman Park) - you wont be able to miss it.

Tickets on sale now. It’s going to be mega.

Here’s what it will look like:

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And here’s the schematic:

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If you’re still reading, you probably have a few questions. All the deets after the jump.

See you there!

And oh, here’s Robert Hurwitt’s take

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