Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Old Man and The Old Moon at The New Victory Theater

Photo via New Victory Theater
Banjos. Acoustic guitars. Fiddles. Accordions. Glass harmonicas. Those are just some of the instruments you'll hear in The Old Man and The Old Moon, which is now playing at The New Victory Theater. Jumping. Jamming. Clapping. Singing. Moving. Grooving. That's exactly how the folk-rock fable begins.

Then the storytelling begins. And not just any old way either, but with an amazing use of puppetry, props, lighting, and ever-changing characters.

Infused with contemporary folk music, The Old Man and The Old Moon tells the story of a husband who abandons his duties of filling up the moon with liquid light so he can sail the seas in search of his wife, who followed the sound of a familiar melody out to the ocean. What follows is a story filled with love and loss and laughter and adventure. Audience members will find themselves fully invested in the old man's journey and rooting him all the way -- even when he's being deceitful -- because we know that in the end, all that he does is out of love and devotion for his estranged wife.

Photo via New Victory Theater
Throughout the old man's journey, different characters drop little buckets of knowledge and wisdom that'll leave you nodding your head in agreement:

"Lay eyes on as much of the world as you can..."

Yes, yes... I agree.

"I remember hope. And I remember what happened afterwards. And I prefer not to feel either..."

Wow... talk about when sweet turns sour!

While some of the humor and music went a little over Aiden's six-year-old head, one of the story's messages is something that he took away with him. When I asked him what the show was about, he brilliantly answered, "It's about how to survive."

Amen to that!

Because, in a lot of ways, it is about how to survive -- when you're inside the belly of a giant fish, when you're lost at sea, when you're in the middle of a war zone, and when love takes a different turn than you ever thought it would...

The Old Man and The Old Moon is 90 minutes long with no intermission, which may be a little long for the younger ones to sit through. However, Aiden didn't seem to mind the length of the show too much because he was too busy wondering what was going to happen next. The show runs from now through October 13th and tickets start at just $15. Visit The New Victory Theater website for more information or to purchase your tickets!

{Disclaimer: Tickets to The Old Man and The Old Moon were provided to me in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

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