It’s discombobulating to find that you're the only one not
enjoying a show. Going by the reaction of the rest of audience at Jeff
Achtem’s Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones, I should be giving it
at least four stars. But I’m afraid I just can’t understand what they all saw
The show’s conceit is that Achtem creates his shadow puppets
on stage out of pieces of junk. He’s undoubtedly a talented puppeteer, and his
creations are rather ingenious, but after the initial moment of magic that
comes with the realisation of his cleverness, the set pieces themselves are a
disappointment. And with no narrative to speak of, the non-puppetry moments
feel too much like dead time, even taking into account Achtem’s endearing
All that said, however, the rest of the audience loved it,
so maybe you should go.
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