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|Story Theatre |
Broadway Theatre Archive
Actors: Mildred Dunnock, David Clennon, Alvin Epstein
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Story Theatre consists of five fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, each told with a lean, stripped-down production style with no sets or fabulous costumes; all the trappings are created by the actors with their bodies ... more »
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Interesting, but... not what it seems.
Theatergirl | 05/31/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is NOT the Story Theater of the Broadway show created by Paul Sills, and the actors from the show who are listed here (e.g., Melinda Dillon) and in the imdb.com entry for this title do not appear in this DVD. This is a group of scenes performed at the Yale School of Drama that are "inspired" by Sills' work and based on folk tales that Sills used. Acting students may find it interesting, but fans of the Broadway play will be confused at best, and disappointed."
For the under 8 crowd
Eden Rush | Tallahassee, FL | 10/29/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As noted in the other customer review, this is not the Broadway production but a Yale drama school event. Having an interest in Paul Sill's Story Theater, I ordered the DVD anyway to see his approach. The production was a disappointment - by today's theatrical standards, stiff and often slow. Because of the amount of mime involved, I think there's value here as a teaching tool for very young drama students, possibly K-3rd grade. (Although you'd want to preview all the stories first - "The Blue Light" turns removing a pair of boots into an erotic act.) The stories are simple and the costumes bright enough to keep the attention of young children. As for older students or adult viewers, it's just not punchy enough."