shockheaded peter

Old May 7th, 2005, 06:40 AM
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shockheaded peter

We will be arriving in NY may 15 and staying untill the 27th.We got already our tickets for Spamalot, Doubt and The Pillowman.Do you think I should get our tickets for Shockheaded Peter by phone or I can wait till we arrive?Any other play suggestions?
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Old May 7th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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Seriously, I would reserve for this event right now!!!

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Old May 7th, 2005, 06:46 AM
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You can probably wait, but the show has announced that's closing on May 29, so tickets might be selling faster than expected. In any event, there is a special offer on the Playbill website for the show. Check it out. We took advantage of it and got 4th row center!
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Though it got lots of excellent reviews, I absolutely HATED it. I can't even describe how awful it was. The ultra-falsetto voice of the singer and the repetitiveness of the songs...ugh! Though it was meant to be "darkly funny" I didn't think it was at all.

Just to give you an idea of what was supposed to be funny (I guess) - the show starts out like this: The sinister-looking narrator bursts out onto the stage claiming "I am the greatest actor in the world!". He then stands there for a full 5 minutes(!!), doing nothing but looking around at the audience. During this time, you heard a couple giggles from the audience. So I guess 2 or 3 people found it funny.

The one slightly redeeming thing about this show was the puppetry, which was actually fantastic, but the puppetry scenes were few and far between.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 04:50 PM
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Interesting comment. I know from both its New York and its London run that people seem to either really love it, or really hate it. I guess since it's closing earlier than scheduled in New York, the "haters" must have outweighed the "lovers".
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Old May 7th, 2005, 05:04 PM
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Patrick, I'm optimistic, as the friends that have seen it, liked it.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 05:13 PM
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Howard, it is so bizarre, that I just KNEW I'd like. That's why I'm disappointed it closes now before we arrive June 1. I had called as soon as the discounts were extended into our time frame, but was surprised when I called and they said that run had just been cut shorter than the discount dates being offered. But it clearly isn't a show for "everybody".
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Old May 7th, 2005, 06:34 PM
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I saw Shockheaded Peter when it was in Seattle a couple years ago. I, too, thought it was over-hyped. There are many better ways to spend your time and money while you're in NYC. I envy you Doubt and Pillowman. Have fun.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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"Der Struwwelpeter" (i.e. Shockheaded Peter) is a book that used to be widely read to kids in Germany as a means to get them to behave, "or else". I remember being read the stories as a little girl. They are horrible and I can't imagine exposing my sweet little grandson to them. Some of the Grimms fairy tales are scary too: consider Red Riding Hood's grandmother being eaten by the wolf and Hansel and Gretel being fattened up by the witch who was preparing to eat them. I couldn't believe it when I saw that "Shockheaded Peter" was coming out on stage.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 06:59 PM
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I had the book as a kid and loved it My younger brother on the other hand loathed it and defaced my copy with scribbles and drawings LOL

Saw it in a bookshop in Germany a few years ago so it's still around tho' definitely not PC.
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Clearing up one key point about the stage version of Shockheaded Peter: It is not intended for children and has never been promoted as such. Despite its origins, the show is strictly for adults!
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