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Monday, May 2, 2011

RUN AND SEE: War Horse

Last Wednesday I saw War Horse at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. It was an absolutely stunning production that left me in tears (what doesn't, really? - Speaking of, also go see The Normal Heart on Broadway). The Beaumont is such an incredible space, and it was perfect for this grandiose piece of theater.

War Horse tells the story of a boy in Devon, England befriending a horse who is then sold into the Army during World War I. The boy enlists in the Army to find his horse and bring him home to safety. Told through breathtaking staging by a 35-member cast, haunting song and endearingly realistic puppetry, including two life-sized horses controlled by three-person puppeteer teams, and actually ridden on by the actors, the play is just epic.

This is one of the most beautiful and moving productions I have seen this season, if not ever, and anyone who is looking to sit in pure awe and wonder for 2 hours and 45 minutes should SEE THIS NOW! It's pretty hard to get a ticket (I paid full price and it was WORTH IT), but they have just made their limited run open-ended, so get your tickets now!  

Seth Numrich, Photo by Paul Kolnik (

There are also some incredible photos and videos on the show's website if you want to know more about the show, but I loved going into it not knowing what I was going to see.

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