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Critics rave about Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead

posted by Karen McKevitt on Tue, Dec 7, 2010
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We had a terrific opening night last Thursday for Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead and received some great reviews to boot. Check out reviews, then see the show for yourself!

“It's a movie. It's a vaudeville act. It's a concert. It's a puppet show. Actually, it's all of the above and something all its own. Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead, a new work that opened Thursday at Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Roda Theatre, isn't quite a play but a curiously engaging concoction of theater, film and musical elements as a genially offbeat arts primer. As performed by master comic Geoff Hoyle and a magnificent ensemble of marionettes and all kinds of other puppets, it's a funny and often ingenious children's entertainment.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Fun for whole family… A delightful piece of theater… An opportunity for all of us to laugh our clenched bottoms off as we excuse the hour-long show as a delightfully clever introduction to classical music… As wildly funny as it is perverse. Bay Area comic treasure Geoff Hoyle is the only human being on a stage populated by an assortment of strange puppets.” – Contra Costa Times / SJ Mercury News

“Run across the bridge, any bridge, to get to Berkeley Rep, which here means "a theater company willing to take risks certain to destroy the world as we know it," in order to catch the fantastic World Premiere of Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead. –

“I sat enraptured for the entire 85 minute exhibition. Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead is unlike anything I’ve seen before, and is an unusual and silly holiday treat.” – Stark Insider

“Part Monty Python's Flying Circus, part Cirque du Soleil, and part Tim Burton, The Composer Is Dead is a damn impressive amalgam of puppetry and theater, with a lovely symphonic soundtrack to boot… Anyone looking to spend a swell hour reliving a child's wonder by way of some extraordinarily life-like and expert puppetry, get your tickets now.” – SFist

Hilarious characters, visual delights, stage magic and loads of laughs…. It's a perfect family show for the holidays.  And I loved it.” – KGO 810AM

And we're glad they loved it too!

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