Fringe Review: ‘Planet Egg’

Planet Egg

Planet Egg’s tag line says, “Like nothing you’ve ever seen!” Indeed it is. Puppet Cinema is a company that performs a puppet show that it presents as a movie. In other words, the puppeteers perform the show to your left in front of a video camera, and you watch what they do on a movie screen directly in front of you.

Puppeteers Zvi Sahar and Justin Perkins take us to Planet Egg through the use of a carousel like contraption that gives the illusion of a moving galaxy. When objects are placed in front of this galaxy, the show takes on the genre of one of those Saturday afternoon Lost in Space episodes.

This is a very impressive venture to watch; it even has its own sound effects or foley artist in the person of Ien DeNio.

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The use of tiny objects and a whole lot of mushrooms make for an interesting show, and you get to see how it is done while it is being presented on screen.

The program says the show was supported by Cheryl Henson (Jim Henson’s widow). I can see why. This is the kind of stuff Jim Henson would definitely be proud of.

…a very impressive venture to watch.

One other selling point for this show is that Planet Egg is one of the few Capital Fringe shows you can bring your kids to without feeling guilty afterwards.

Planet Egg by Puppet Cinema shows off the art form of puppetry to its full advantage and in doing so it makes for an entertaining evening.

Running Time: 60 minutes.

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About Elliot Lanes

Elliot Lanes has been a professional stage manager/sound designer/board op for over 20 years. After relocating to Washington, DC from the New York City area and marrying the girl of his dreams Jennifer Perry, he has been privileged to work on productions at Theatre J, Synetic, Prince George's Community College and Studio Theater to name a few. He has contributed designs for many shows in the last three Capital Fringe Festivals, two of which garnered critical raves. He is also the creator of MD Theatre Guide's highly successful 'A Quick 5' column.