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a Children's Theater
CATEGORY : COMEDY CHILDREN MUSICAL
by Brendan Murray

COMPANY : Synchronicity Performance Group [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 1090

SHOWING : October 30, 2004 - November 21, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Faced with the loss of her beloved grandmother,

a courageous little girl sets off on a magical

journey to stop time. Along the way, the Sun,

the Moon and the Bird Who Has No Wings,

help her with her quest.

With music and magic, this sensitive fable inspires us to remember the ties that bind.



CAST & CREW LIST
props designer Elisabeth Cooper
Ba Gia, 3 wizards Jackie Prucha
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REVIEWS

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Why Ask Why?
by Dedalus
Friday, November 12, 2004
4.0
If no one is watching, do the Sun and Moon really dance?

Is the uncertainty in the nature of sub-atomic particles any less of a dance than that of the Sun and the Moon?

Is a play about death really appropriate for a child?

Is it a sign of arrogance that such a question would even occur to a parent?

At what point do children think about death and wonder what they should do about it?

What if they gave a play and only the usher showed up?

Are Oriental theatrical conventions translatable to an American Children’s play?

Why do young audiences appreciate (and enjoy) theatrical experimentation more than their paradigm-blinded elders?

Why ask why?

Can Jackie Prucha take home four awards for four of the best performances of the year?

Why do I suspect this production would have worked just as well if Ms. Prucha had played every role?

When do we lose those wings of imagination that empower children to believe they can go anywhere and do anything?

At what point did the full-throated projected of the Moon become monotonous and irritating in the confined venue of the 7 Stages Back Stage?

Is there anything more compelling than a child working to stop time?

Is there anything more compelling than the actions of a child expressing unconditional love?

Is there anything more unanswerable than a child’s questions?

Why am I having such a painfully difficult time focusing my journal on such a well-focused production?

Why ask why?

--Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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