Heart Puppetations is a modern day love story between a man and his puppet. What could go wrong with that? Should you see it?
Sandy doesn’t really have anything going on in his life. He lives in a bland apartment in Vanier, works retail for Best Buy, lacks a personality and his girlfriend just dumped him… at least he has his puppet, Rose. After a strange encounter with Boo Boo, Sandy’s Fairy Puppet Godfather, Rose magically comes to life. Sandy’s expecting this to be an amazing experience for both him and Rose, but he never expected that she wouldn’t be happy to be ‘stuck’ with him.
Heart Puppetations unites a fairly strong cast of talented actors and puppeteers. The premise is very clever. It’s a little bit of Pinocchio meets The Muppets meets Stockholm Syndrome. Playwright Miriam Drysdale does an excellent job at writing a witty script full of chuckle worthy moments that connect a solid story arc full of fun little ditties. While maintaining itself as a comedy the script also allows the characters to really have heartfelt moments with each other and with the audience.
The biggest, and only real, problem I had with this show was perhaps the fact that the only really talented singer on the cast was Myriam Drysdale. The other two actors, Sandy Gibson and Matt Chisholm, while being great and engaging actors, just couldn’t carry a tune for the life of them. The music, piped in from backstage, also sounded very canned, but that part was easy to get used to.
Overall Heart Puppetations is fun. It’s silly. It’s cute. It’s quirky. I guarantee you will walk out if it with a smile on your face, and it’s one of the few Fringe shows that you could take the entire family to and everyone will be able to enjoy it on their own level.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. What did you think of the puppets in this show? Would you bring your family to see Heart Puppetations? Join the discussion and tell me what you think in the comments below!