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POSTED 6/3/2023

Beautiful stop-motion puppet show in miniature. It makes something that might otherwise seem mundane – a man coming home to watch TV on his couch – really intricate. There isn’t any dialogue, so every snore or gasp or movement elicits a strong reaction from the audience. Particularly memorable was the special effects on the tiny TV using a projector, as well as using a flood light to light the stage. So cool!

submitted by: Jessica Labbe, PF23 Independent Review Team

POSTED 6/3/2023

Eliot Nye’s puppetry focuses on the small bits that make up life. In “Real World Puppet Show”, Nye manipulates a modified banraku puppet to show an evening arriving home.

The small movements Nye pulls out of his puppet are further embellished by the sets he creates. Second-hand raw edges are pulled to cozy and precious by Nye’s use of heavier tech of projections and backing tracks.

You need this puppetry in your life.

submitted by: Bridget, PF23 Independent Review Team

POSTED 6/5/2023

“Mastery in miniature” is one phrase that comes to mind after watching “Real World Puppet Show.” Puppeteer Elliot Nye leans into the innate focusing power of silence and time to draw the audience in. Sounds and gestures at this scale are subtle (turning off the AC/ventilation system in the venue where I watched would have helped in hearing the nuanced breathing while the puppet sleeps). The action is beautifully relatable — until the final moment of dramatic, reality-breaching metaphor, an awakening in an otherwise mundane existence. Though you may find yourself smiling in recognition there, too. To catch every intentional movement (and therefore, the story itself), sit in the front couple rows — or consider standing in the back or to the side of the seating if you can do so without blocking anyone’s view.

submitted by: Amanda Painter, PF23 Independent Review Team