Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Wonderheads from Portand, Oregon brought "Loon" to this years Fringe. This life sized puppet acted out every scene in mime. A sad faced aging man stood at the beach with his mothers remains in a jar. He went to scatter the ashes and just got his hands and clothes covered in ash. He is faced with dating and when asked about his favorite person he wrote mom. There was a collective awww... from the audience.
Things look up for him when he falls in love with the moon. He pursues the moon with a child like ambition. There is one magical moment where he has the moon cupped in his hands and his hands spread apart leaving the glowing orb floating in space between his hands. I still don't know how it was done. I haven't experienced that type of wonder and amazement since I saw a planetarium show about beings of light as a child.
Loon was the well deserved patron's pick for the green venue. It was funny, touching and heart breaking. When the actors came out for a bow after the show, I was surprised to discover that the old man was played by a young woman.