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Loong: A Three Dimensional Shadow Puppetry Performance 

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The mesmerizing puppets dramatizing a new myth by Peter Fugiel and Patrick McCarthy seem to sweep toward the audience thanks to 3-D glasses handed out with the program. The myth involves a heroic alchemist trying to save his village from drought, a sinuous dragon that moves like a snake, and a sun (hypnotically represented by a swirling cutout) that looms malevolently over the village, parching the crops. Together the privacy provided by the glasses and the Rubber Monkey Puppet Company's surreal shadow puppets (which resemble the Indonesian variety) bring audience members into a dreamlike world, enhanced by three live musicians. Unfortunately, at the end of every scene the clunky narration--with its strained rhymes and painful inattention to meter--jerks the audience right out of this experience.


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