Dobama Theatre: The Old Man and The Old Moon
Last week, I took Picky Kid to see some theatrical cultural!! We attended opening night at Dobama Theatre’s newest production: “The Old Man and The Old Moon.” Having spent most of my twenties on a stage, I was excited to sit in a theatre again (I hate to admit it, but it’s been a really LONG time since I have seen a show that didn’t involve popcorn or snow cones!) and be surrounded by that energy that you can only find seeing live theatre.
If you have never been to Dobama Theatre, the space itself is small. Located across the street from the CH/UH Lee Road Library, you travel down to the basement. Walking into the theatre, you are greeted with a bar, serving delicious snacks, drinks, Great Lakes beer, mixed drinks and wine from CLE Urban Winery. Immediately past the bar area, you are ushered into a black box theatre where you are up close and personal to the stage and action!
We took our seats because I love reading the program before the show. I love to learn about the actors backgrounds! I find it so fascinating, the journey they are on and where it takes them!! Soon it was time for the show to begin!
A little back story on the show. It was written and developed by Pig Pen Theatre Company. The company was started by a bunch of Carnegie Mellon Theatre student (at the time)! They have since graduated and have developed plays, films and music that have been produced all over the United States! Pretty brilliant idea if you ask me!! They will never be out of work actors because they create everything they perform!
The Old Man and The Old Moon is a tale of an Old Man who must abandon his job of filling up the moon every night to cross the seas to find his lost love! The production uses a variety of different mediums to tell the story! It uses actors playing instruments/singing, visual and sound effects and elaborate shadow puppets that brings this adventure to life! Last Friday was its Midwest premiere!
I absolutely loved the low-tech quality of this play. There were no huge special effects, no loud sound effects or any other bells or whistles. The cast used flashlights and other lighting devices to create the shadow puppets and spotlights. They used their bodies to create a ship and played multiple characters. I was honestly a little afraid that Picky Kid might want to leave at intermission, but even his 11 year old mind was engaged and enjoying every moment.
The multi-talented actors did a great job working as an ensemble, not letting one outshine another! They were able to keep an 11 year old captivated for 100 minutes and that’s no small task! Bravo to them!!
If you are looking for a beautiful story and a fun production, I highly recommend getting tickets immediately to Dobama’s new play “The Old Man and The Old Moon”. It’s a great show to bring your older kids to and immerse their lives into theatre…and off the screens! (My recommendation is 10 years old and up). The Old Man and the Old Moon is playing at Dobama Theatre now until January 5, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit their website HERE.
I received complimentary tickets to this performance, but all opinions are 100% my own.
Some photos provided by Dobama Theatre and Steve Wagner Photography!
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