Sunday, May 5, 2013

War Horse Review

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing War Horse on stage at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts.  Maybe that was because I have seen the movie and knew what to expect.  Just like with reading the book before seeing the movie, I had previous background knowledge.

"A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards®, WAR HORSE tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France, he is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride."

The life size horse puppets were amazing.  The puppeteers' movements and control were spot on with actual horse movements.  I was astonished with realistic head tosses, tail flicks and various gaits.  I felt as if there were live horses on stage performing alongside their human actors.

War Horse didn't have as much singing and musical performances as shows I've seen in the past so I thought my husband would enjoy this show.  It's also a story about perseverance, overcoming obstacles and living to tell about it.  War Horse has fight scenes, tanks, and battles.  Again, I thought my husband would like this show...but I was wrong.  I enjoyed it!

To purchase tickets and see what other performances are coming soon, visit The Straz Center online

Disclaimer: I was given two tickets to the War Horse show in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.


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