War Horse will make you believe that puppets live and breathe, and perhaps even have souls.
Time Out New York
Emotionally stirring, visually arresting and compellingly told.
I recently saw War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont. It was an amazing experience. Not only is Lincoln Center large and beautiful, especially at night with all the lights, the circular stage on which War Horse was performed is cool and fitting to the storyline. With circular stages I feel like there's no bad seats. Everything about War Horse was beautifully crafted: the details of the set, costumes, puppet design, lighting and projection design. It's no wonder War Horse won five Tony Awards including Best Play.
WAR HORSE travels from the verdant English countryside to the fields of France and Germany at the outbreak of World War I. A boy's beloved horse has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, the horse serves on both sides of the war, and survives an odyssey that leaves him alone in no-man's land. The boy, now a young man, cannot forget his horse, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find
WAR HORSE is a magnificent drama, filled with stirring music and beautiful songs. But it is more than just a compelling tale. This is a show of indescribable grandeur and sheer inventiveness — perhaps the most magical production ever staged for the Beaumont. There are breathing, galloping, charging horses on the stage – their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. They are life-size puppets strong enough for men to ride. And that's just one element of this imaginative epic
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I thought the actors did a great job. Billy, the main character, is annoying at times, but I suppose that's to be expected at some points in a play. The woman next to me was laughing when the soldiers faked being shot and fell to the ground, which I thought was inappropriate, but I agree that some parts were a little dramatic.
The best part of the War Horse play are the horses. The mechanisms for the horses are so cool. I was expecting a corny horse costume operated by humans so I was blown away by the intricate puppets.
War Horse is kind of long– 2 hours 40 Minutes including a 15-minute intermission–but it's worth sitting for. I was engaged the entire time because there were so many details of the characters and on the set to observe. War Horse is
definitely one of the top plays I've seen this year. If you see it, make sure to leave time before or after to wander around the Lincoln Center to take some pictures.
As we head into Fall I just want to give a quick recap of the books I slowly got through this past spring and summer. Some were really good and some I would have been fine not reading. My two favorites by far were Beautiful Ruins and The Silver Star. I love reading and I love how absorbed I can get in a story. I like books just as much as I like watching movies but books require a longer time investment, so I have to be picky about what to read. So, listed below are the books I read in order from my most to least favorite.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins is one of my new favorite novels. I was completely engrossed in the story as it wound through several different characters’ lives beautifully.The moral of the story is todo what is right, even if it just means taking each day at a time in order to do it.
The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
I became a big fan of Jeanette Walls after reading The Glass Castle. The Silver Star was also very good. A lot of Walls’s material comes from her unconventional, highly dysfunctional upbringing. Her books are centered around her family however crazy they may be. I’m already looking forward to reading her next piece of work.
Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Disaster by Christina Lauren
A few months after reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I found another good sexytime author, Christina Lauren. First, I read Beautiful Bastard and it was really good, so then I read her second novel in the series, Beautiful Disaster. I think I might have actually liked it better than Fifty Shades because a) I’m not really into the whole BDSM thing and b) I like the females protagonists in Lauren’s novels because they’re smart and the opposite of timid and meek Ana.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
Nate Piven is a writer living in Brooklyn. To be straight-forward, he is a pretentious snob who is very concerned about his own success but also just as concerned about how others perceive him. I did like this novel, but I have to admit that I had to look up a vocab work like every other page. I applaud Waldman for convincingly writing the novel in first person as a dude. The message takeaway from this novel is thatthe one you connect with or understand the most isn’t necessarily the one things will work out with.
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Tiger’s Wifeis set in an unnamed Balkan country, in the present and half a century ago, and features a youngdoctor’s relationship with her grandfather and the stories he tells her, primarily about the ‘deathless man’ who meets him several times in different places and never changes, and a deaf-mute girl from his childhood village who befriends a tiger that has escaped from a zoo (Wikipedia). At some points I was really into the novel, and other times I was ready to abandon it. Overall, it was good, but I wouldn’t choose to read it again.
Drown was decent but it was not as good as The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which is one of my favorite novels. Diaz has adistinct writing style and pulls his material from his Hispanic upbringing. The recurring themes in Diaz’s work is similar to Walls which gives them a strong writer’s voice, but at the same time, it makes you wonder if they can branch out a bit more.
The Receptionist by Janet Groth
I was looking forward to reading The Receptionist, a true book about Janet Groth’s twenty one years working as a receptionist at The New Yorker. The book descrpition was a little misleading. I thought I would find many things in common with Groth who also moved to NYC from the Midwest, but that’s about all we have in common. I wasdisappointed because Groth was just a “”silly girl”” as she would say, who has daddy issues, trouble finding her identity, and seems to display anti-feminist thoughts/actions even though she grew up in the start of the feminist era and was surrounded by powerful women. I would have been embarassed to publish the book that basically says she was a receptionist for two decades because she had self confidence issues and was afraid of rejection and failure which is why she didn’t end up pursuing a career as a writer.I found her very annoying.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
I wanted to read On the Road becuase it is supposed to be a classic and I also wanted to read it before the movie was released. Not only did it take me longer than I had expected to finish it because it was so damn boring, The movie wasn’t any better. On the Road just was not my kind of book. When there isn’t really a point and you don’t see much character growth it’s hard to get into the story. I was frustrated with Dean who just pissed his life away and bounced back and forth between women. I was also annoyed that the narrator, Sal, just goes along with what Dean does, and spends the majority of the damn book not talking about his life goals and aspirations but what Dean is doing with his. I guess if you’re that boring of a person, then it would make sense to fill the pages of a book with the adventures of another’s life.