The PigeoningHERE, Off Off Broadway
BOTTOM LINE: A whimsical tale about security and a testament to the power of puppetry.
HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program is one of many contemporary theater groups riding the trend of puppetry in theater. This ancient form of performance can bring live storytelling to wildly imaginative places, and artists legitimize it onstage beyond the reach of the Muppets. Robin Frohardt, the creator and director of HERE’s The Pigeoning, cut her teeth in the underground circus and vaudeville scene of San Francisco. Now a HERE Arts Resident, Frohardt is an interdisciplinary thespian with the vision and talent necessary to take puppetry to the next level.
As a piece of theater, The Pigeoning is chock-full of vision and talent. Originally conceived in 2006 with The Apocalypse Puppet Theater in Oakland, it provides an articulate, amusing glimpse into the life of Frank, a harried-looking curmudgeon about two feet tall. The puppet and much of his surroundings are operated by Daniel Burnam, Nick Lehane, Lille Jayne, Andy Manjuck and Rowan Magee.