Pinocchio OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 13, 2015
    Closing:
    March 22, 2015

    Theater: New Victory Theater / 209 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    With bold ballads, angsty anthems and a plot knotted with tabloid twists, Carlo Collodi's classic tale about a wooden boy with a nose for trouble gets remastered in this psychedelic rock musical. Tenderly tooled by the lonely Gepetto, Pinocchio takes a walk on the wild side when the need to belong gives way to temptations of fun, fame and the dream of becoming a real boy. Last seen at the Sydney Opera House, this "really brilliant musical for kids" (Time Out Sydney) is a visually stunning, must-see production.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Pinocchio

    A Darker ‘Pinocchio’ Strays From Disney’s Wholesome Take

    Andy Webster

    March 17, 2015: The truths in the retelling of “Pinocchio” now at the New Victory Theater are more contemporary than we’re used to hearing. Bearing shadows truer to Carlo Collodi’s 19th-century tale than Walt Disney’s version, this family-friendly show, from the Windmill Theater and the State Theater Company of South Australia, manifests robust energy, visual flair and an aversion to modern-day phoniness. You know the story: The lonely toymaker Geppetto (a suitably burly and walrus-mustached Alirio Zavarce) carves a surrogate son out of an enchanted piece of wood. But once walking and talking, that boy, Pinocchio (Nathan O’Keefe), covets material things (like trendy shoes, not the Dutch-style wooden ones Geppetto gives him) and grows antsy at school. Miffed at Geppetto, he embarks for Playland, a trap for wayward children run by the perfidious Stromboli (a garish Paul Capsis). En route he meets the fluttering Cricket (a puppet imbued with morbid charisma by Jonathon Oxlade), as well as the cat Kitty Poo (Jude Henshall) and her friend Foxy (Mitchell Butel).

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