A puppet-filled portrait of a prodigy in peril
"Very smart and progressive.... Another gutsy world premiere from The House!"
"Wildly and wonderfully entertaining!"
"A virtuosic visual treat!"
Chicago Theatre Review
"A gifted cast that deftly finesses aspects of puppetry, clowning, farce, dance and music, and, best of all, introduces audiences to the exceptionally beguiling talent of a young actress named Sarah Cartwright."
Jeff Awards Recommended
"Come one, come all. Come small, come tall. ‘Tis time, dear Punch. Dear Punch, ‘tis time!”
Charlotte, a young orphan, has made a life for herself thieving on the streets of London. She wiggles her way into employment for an eccentric Italian puppeteer, Pietro, collecting coins from his crowds and watching out for the law. They quickly become an efficient pair under Pietro's gruff and focused attention. As their partnership flourishes, so does Charlotte’s vivid imagination. Soon, the violent Punch and Judy puppets jump to life as she conjures up her own spins on the classic tales. But Pietro may not want his protégé pulling the strings.
Our "merry little play" reveals the dark underbelly of 18th century London as Charlotte’s reality blurs with the frantic world of Punch and Judy. Filled with live actors, hand puppets, shadow puppetry, and marionettes, the story uncovers the dangers lurking in an unjust world.
Showing at the Chopin Theatre September 2-October 23, 2016!
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RUN DATES: September 2 - October 23, 2016
TIMES: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm (no Thursdays 9/15 and 9/22)
GROUPS: Save up to 30%!
AGES: Decidedly violent and dark, this production is best enjoyed by adults and teens. Read the Parents' Guide for content warnings.
RUN TIME: 2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642