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Le Petit Prince
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

COMPANY : Théâtre du Ręve [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 5026

SHOWING : February 03, 2017 - February 12, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

When a pilot is stranded in the desert, he meets a mysterious child whose journey has made him wise beyond his years. “The Little Prince” is a magical story about friendship, wonder, and learning to “see with the heart.” Directed by Carolyn Cook, our adaptation will star Jasmine Thomas (Horizon Theatre’s “Santaland Diaries”) and Atlanta favorite Chris Kayser (The Alliance Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol”).


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Carolyn Cook
Subtitles Operator Caitlin Roe
Aviator Chris Kayser
Prince Jasmine Thomas
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REVIEWS

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Un Triomphe Extraordinaire
by playgoer
Saturday, February 4, 2017
5.0
Théâtre du Rêve’s production of "Le Petit Prince" brings the sweet light-heartedness and philosophical depth of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story to sparkling life on the contour map of a set designed by Barrett Doyle and under the magical lighting of Alex Riviere’s design. With Jennifer Schottstaedt’s wonderful variety of costumes, Russ Vick’s cleverly simple puppets, and Rob Brooksher’s evocative musical score, the production is a delight for both the eyes and ears.

Carolyn Cook has directed a flow of movement that makes full use of the 7 Stages black box theatre space. Stadium seating for the audience begins to the right of the entrance door and continues across the adjoining wall. The show starts with Chris Kayser on the narrow alcove up high, decorated as a study with an easel and assorted books and maps. After this initial scene, he descends a wooden ladder to the floor, which is drawn with the contour lines of a topographical map. Wooden forms bring some of these contour lines into three dimensions, notably on the central circular platform, where they stand in for the three volcanoes of the Little Prince’s planet. A desert-painted flat obscures the offstage entrance, and a matching horizon line around the stage gives way to sky-blue swooshes above that blend into the blackness that reaches to the sky. Action swirls around this playing area, with the Little Prince (Jasmine Thomas) guiding an illuminated flock of origami birds in circular patterns as the scene shifts from planet to planet (giving Mr. Kayser time to change costumes backstage).

Lighting is most impressive in this flock of birds and in the fiber optic stars above. Multi-colored lighting under the central platform is too subtle to add a lot to the proceedings. Lights are beautifully calibrated, though, to allow supertitles to display clearly on the blank wall between the painted set below and the stars above. At least on opening night, Caitlin Roe’s supertitle operation was a tad slow, requiring non-French-speaking audience members to switch their attention to the supertitles after a character had gotten through half a line.

And these are performances you don’t want to take your eyes off of. Ms. Thomas has a gamine-like quality that perfectly suits the character of the Little Prince, and she looks delightful in her sweetly bright costume and golden-tipped hair. I’d say that Ms. Cook had coaxed a wondrous collection of performances from Mr. Kayser as the various denizens of the universe that the Little Prince comes across, but I don’t think much coaxing was needed to release the panoply of distinct and engaging characters lurking beneath Mr. Kayser’s skin. In a glorious collection of costumes, he embodies each new character to perfection.

When a beloved story is translated to the stage, a balance must be struck between adherence to the original words and the magic of theatrical expression. Here, neither is given short shrift. Carolyn Cook, her technical team, and her expansive, expert, expressive cast of two actors have given us "Le Petit Prince" as we would always have imagined it, if only our imaginations matched the glorious virtuosity of those bringing this production to life. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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