Performed by Liz Schachterle (Milly with a Y) and Elise Langer (Tillie with an IE) and written by them along with Jason Ballweber (who also directs) and Rachael Davies, Milly and Tillie is a perfect creation for kids that doesn't overstay its welcome. We spend a typical day with Milly and Tilllie as they go on a picnic (a-pic-a-nic!), which is rained out, so they play underwater a while, then return home. And that's about it, but it's all done in such a broad, silly, and specific style that it would be fun to watch anything they do, however mundane.
|Milly (Liz Schachterle) and Tillie (Elise Langer)|
answer the phone (photo courtesy of Open Eye)
This being Open Eye Figure Theatre, there is a bit of puppetry involved, including the sisters' friends Mr. Bear and Lord Bear, and the creatures they encounter on their underwater picnic (Laura Abend is the behind-the-scenes puppeteer). The set is a colorful 2D concoction that plays with perspective, and the sisters are clad in bright and colorful patterns (set and puppet design by Eric Van Wyk, costume design by Maria Bianchi).
In a world were bad things continue to happen at a seemingly faster and faster rate, it's refreshing for kids, and adults, to have a space to be silly and carefree for a bit. Milly and Tillie is a sweet, innocent, terrifamapic little show. Take your little ones, or go yourself if you need a welcome dose of the silly.