Sheep is performing at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. They make great use of the space, which has lots of odd nooks and crannies for performance. The show starts in an unconventional way as the audience is led into the theater and onto the stage, where we meet Amelia (Iris Rose Page), her navigator Snook (Madeleine Rowe), and their downed plane, cleverly represented by ladders (which are used throughout the show as various things including boats). Soon we enter the Underworld along with Amelia and Snook, in search of a way home. Along the way they meet several creatures from Greek mythology: the kind of dopey god Poseidon (Joey Hamburger); the cool ruler of the Underworld in white linen Hades (Michael Rogers); the devious judge of the Underworld Minos (Robb Goetzke); the friendly Icarus (Tara Luccino); and the magnificent and misunderstood creature known as the Minotaur (Trevor Simmons). As with such stories, there are various tasks our heros need to accomplish to get to their goal, and difficult choices they need to make. In the end it's a story of friendship, particularly female friendship, and exploration.
|buddies Icarus, Snook, and Amelia (Tara Lucchino,|
Madeleine Rowe, & Iris Rose Page, photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
Sheep Theater can always be relied upon to put up a really fun show that's clever and creative and always original. Check them out at HOBT through June 23 (click here for tickets, $12-20) and/or at the Fringe this August.