What is fun to watch for children and adults? Of course, about the adventures! And those are not few in the play "Kitten named Gav" in the Moscow Children's Theater of Shadows. The statement based on the book by Grigory Oster does not need retelling, but it’s worth telling about how the fairy tale is shown. In front of the audience on the screen are not the classic black shadows, but the colored and transparent to the light Chinese dolls. All the characters resemble real animals - graceful feline habits and sharp dog movements. All the dolls have paws bent in their wrists, Kota and Dog open their mouths, and even Kota has a plastic back, due to all this, it seems that we are not looking at the dolls, but at the drawing cartoon. Production designer Alexander Krupenin used a minimum of scenery - on the stage there was a house with an attic and a kennel, trees behind the fence and drying clothes on ropes, and viewers see it as if in a cut, sometimes a projection on the screen is used. Heroes during the performance appear not only against the background of the house, but also in the window in the attic and on the fence - we were curious how puppeteers move from that side of the screen? Of all the characters I like the Dog - kind, prudent and ready to correct their mistakes, and the Cat liked the daughter, the director of the play Victor Pronin plays it by the way. In the end, all the actors step onto the stage and in turn show on the screen where the hero voiced by him appears. After the performance, my daughter and I talked about friendship, dissimilarity, about whether to share, about the opinions of others and our own. It is important to know that in a fairy tale there are many dialogues (!), The actors try to mix the puppets on the screen at this time, creating dynamics, but still the kids will probably seem boring. The recommended age of 5+, maybe even a little older. Duration 1 hour with intermission. We visited the theater a second time, arrived in advance to examine all the dolls on the walls in the lobby. It also operates a face painting, buffet and sell small toys (prices are slightly above average).
The curtain is an open book and pictures come to life on its pages, so you can see it in the play “My Phone Ranged” at the Moscow Children's Shadow Theater. The heroes in the book are shadows, but the figures casting shadows seem made so mobile that you look at the screen and as if you see the black-and-white movie about the journey “Moscow - Paris - New York”. However, do not think that this is an ordinary performance, director Svetlana Dorozhko and production designer Lyubov Nurmukhambetova filled it with everything that can surprise and please the children: - the huge telephone of the USSR times on the scene turns into a screen for color shadows or a dolls scene; - a large Soviet toy wooden train of large size sends chocolate, galoshes, books and other necessary things; - aluminum cans, teapot, wash and clothes of actors - all refers to the life of Korney Ivanovich; - and five Korneev Chukovsky (two women play) constantly answer phone calls, descend into the hall and amuse the audience using the techniques of dummy and pantomime; - there are some minor additions in the text, but audio is also included with the author’s voice from 1944. A play-joke in one act, 40 minutes long, age limit 3+ My daughter first saw the theater of shadows, she was so keen on what was happening on stage, that she was not at all distracted (unlike me) by kids (!) talking aloud and their parents. In her opinion, the performance ended too quickly, I wanted to see more :) After we discussed why the actors have mustaches and false noses, why such costumes and unusual phones? We also liked the theater itself, on the walls of a puppet from various performances, in the hall there were transforming chairs with steps and friendly young staff.
We watched with the daughter (10 years) the play "Black Chicken" on January 18, 2015 at 13.30 in the big hall. I liked the atmosphere and the exhibition exposition of the theater. The cozy hall and the envisaged transformation of the seats for children pleasantly surprised. The performance is amazing in its combination of people, dolls and shadows. The only thing that burdened the viewing of the performance was a very loud sound - as it seemed - calculated not for this room. But as the child noticed, to understand whether a good theater or not - you must go to this theater at least a couple of times.
Were on the "Humpbacked Horse" on January 17, 2015. The children were delighted, they could not rest them later - they were pretending to be buffoons, they wanted to tell the fairy tale about themselves. Thanks to the great theater! Children 5, 6, and 8 years.
Was with children 5 and 10 years. Prior to that, we read the book and watched the cartoon, so the story was familiar and I did not have to endlessly answer questions. Both children were VERY interesting, they did not look away. I often miss the children's plays, but this one looked with great pleasure. Very comfortable small room, we sat in the middle, the children could clearly see. I want to note the transforming seats, on which you can put the kids. There is an intermission in the play, but there is no buffet in the theater, only 2 vending machines with water / juices / chips and soft padded stools where you can sit.
I would like to sincerely thank the creative troupe of the shadow theater for the brilliant, highly artistic play "Black Chicken". Beautiful production, deeply emotional plot, magnificent costumes, dolls, scenery and of course, incredibly touching music that sounds throughout the performance. I was at the theater with my son for 5.5 years, who, despite his young age, had an extraordinary sense of all the morality that lay in the production of this remarkable work. Thank you from the heart !!!