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 him and bring him home.
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.