Review: Tiny Ninja Theater
TheaterMania, 4/9/03
"There's something irresistibly charming about seeing Shakespeare's works performed by miniature plastic figurines."

Article: Small Actors Make Big Splash
Dramatics, 4/03
"As Yoda says, ‘You do or you do not; there is no try.’"

Review: Theatre Pick for Week of March 4, 3/4/03
"You think you've seen every twist on The Bard’s work humanly possible..."

Article: Fringe Hit Tiny Ninja Theater Returns to NYC
Playbill Online, 2/9/03
"Trevor Bigfoot as Mercutio — whose death scene has to be seen to be believed"

Article: Best of Charleston 2003
The Charleston City Paper, 1/03
"Readers Pick for Best Piccolo Spoleto Event"

Review: Shakespeare in a Shoebox
The Washington Post, 1/11/03
"Once you've seen its Romeo & Juliet, you'll want to come to back for figurine versions of Hamlet or Othello or whatever else." — Peter Marks

Review: Action Figure Genius
The Charleston City Paper, 10/02
"Quick, clever, and chock full of surprises, more than one audience member claimed that it even outperformed the hit interpretation of the Scottish play." — Colleen Reilly

Review: Freeze Frame
Creative Loafing Charlotte, 10/2/02
"I heartily recommend being among the lucky few when Weinstein & Co. return to Charlotte or Piccolo Spoleto." — Perry Tannenbaum
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Review: Tiny Version of Macbeth is Giant Entertainment
The Charlotte Observer, 9/22/02
"Fresh, funny, ingenious and original." — JoAnn Grose

Review: Tiny Ninja Theater
Hairline, 8/02
"Four Stars: Tiny Ninja Theater is a fantastic and unorthodox show which represents what many love about the Edinburgh Festival." — Simon Ferguson

Review: Bard Takes a Flyer
Sunday Herald, 8/25/02
"Four Stars: Shakespeare is as equally at home among the ridiculous, of course." — Tim Abrahams

Review: Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth
The Scotsman, 8/19/02
"Must be seen to be believed. " — Paul Rhodes

Review: Macbeth
Three Weeks, 8/17/02
"If a definition of the Fringe is originality and artistic expression, then this 35 minute abbreviated version of Macbeth, with tiny plastic ninjas as a cast, must surely rank as an ultimate example." — Paul Cochrane

Review: Mr. Smiley Face Macbeth
The Guardian, 8/10/02
"Weinstein plays it dead straight and speaks the text rather better than some classically trained actors I have heard." — Lyn Gardner

Review: Mini-Cawdor Steals Hearts
The List, 8/8/02
"a marvel of theatrical innovation" — Catherine Bromley

Review: No Drams Required
Edinburgh Guide, 8/3/02
"This is the only one I’m recommending to all my friends and the only thing I think I’ll make a return trip to!" — Annabel Ingram

Article: Ninja-cized Bard
Charleston Post & Courier, 6/1/02

Article: Tiny Ninja Theater Returns to Charleston
The State, 5/31/02

Review: Action Figure Genius
The Charleston City Paper, 5/29/02

Review: Tiny Ninjas Take On Shakespeare's Giant Roles
Charleston Post & Courier, 5/29/02

Article: Oh Tiny Romeo
The Charleston City Paper, 5/02

Article: What's The Buzz
The Charleston City Paper, 5/02
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Article: Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day Solo
Time Out New York, 2/14/02
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Review: Massaker im Spielzeugland
Taz Bremen, 1/22/02
the babelfish translation

Article: Best of Charleston 2001
The Charleston City Paper, 1/02
"Best Use of Plastic Figurines in a Performance" jump to the good bits

Article: Shakespeare de Plástico
Revista 2K, 6/22/01
the babelfish translation

Piccolo's Prices Too Steep for Local Festival
The State, 6/10/01
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Spoleto Festival at 25
The New York Times, 6/5/01
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Tiny Ninjas Put Twist on the Bard
Charleston Post & Courier, 6/2/01

Tiny Ninjas Project Big Illusion
The Charleston City Paper, 5/29/01

Review: No Small Jokes, Just Small Actors
Charleston Post & Courier, 5/29/01

Article: Immediate Art
The Charleston City Paper, 5/01
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Article: Serious Shakespeare Takes But An Inch
The Charleston City Paper, 5/01

Review: Sightlines: Tom Waits in the Toilet
The Village Voice, 4/27/01

Article: All Is But Toys
Stage Directions, 3/01
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Article: The Bard's New Band of Merry Men Perform Macbeth
American Theater, 12/00

Article: Off-Off color: Toy Story
Time Out New York, 11/9/00
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Review: Street of Blood, Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth
NEXT Magazine, 9/15/00
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Article: Is That a Ninja That I See Before Me?
Playbill Online, 8/30/00

Review: Oh, Forget the Money, Let's Dress Up and Play
The New York Times, 8/26/00
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Fringe Binge
Time Out New York, 8/24/00
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Review: Fringe Benefits
The Village Voice, 8/23/00
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Review: As The Bard Himself Might Put it..., 8/20/00

Review: Tiny Ninja Macbeth, Finally, Little Green Man, 8/18/00
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Article: Off-Off and Running
Time Out New York, 8/10/00
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Ninja-cized Bard
New Yorker transforms miniature figures, household items into 'Romeo and Juliet'

Saturday, June 1, 2002

Of The Post and Courier Staff

     Dov Weinstein had seen the tiny plastic ninjas in vending machines all over New York City.
     They were children's toys, small trinkets meant to excite the imagination of young minds.
     But something about the plastic figurines intrigued him.
     "I just liked them and I thought, 'Hey, no one's using these to do classical theater,' " he says joking. "Something had to be done."
     Weinstein, 27, is in town premiering Tiny Ninja Theater presents "Romeo and Juliet," as a part of Piccolo Fringe at Theatre 99.
     This is the second year Weinstein has played the event. He and his band of plastic ninjas brought the bard's "Macbeth" to life for Lowcountry audiences last year.
     Those who have seen his performances marvel at Weinstein's ability to transform household items, such as white cardboard boxes, a first-aid kit, a cup and a jewelry box into a Shakespearean set. Even more, they seem amazed by Weinstein, who stands behind the set clad in all white, and his ability to suspend the audience's disbelief with just the manipulation of the toys and the power of his voice.
     Weinstein's ability to perform all of the parts of the abridged play ("Macbeth" runs about 35 minutes, "Romeo and Juliet" runs about 45 minutes) comes from his years in the theater.
     Weinstein, a Wisconsin native, attended Brown University, graduating with a philosophy degree. While in school he participated in theater and after graduation moved to New York to work in the field.
     In 1999 he started noticing the tiny 25-cent ninjas in vending machines around the city.
     "It was only a matter of time, really," he says. "I mean, it seems pretty obvious to me: ninjas, Shakespeare."
     Weinstein wrote a proposal for the New York Fringe Festival with only a concept of what he could do combining the ninjas with his love of theater.
     "They accepted it," he says. "Then I was stuck. I had to actually come up with a show."
     Weinstein's production of "Macbeth" was a hit. It even outlived the festival, running an additional four months in New York.
     Since then he has taken his ninjas on the road, performing as far away as Sweden and Germany.
     Watching his performance brings to mind a young boy playing with toys in the back yard. This comparison does not bother Weinstein.
     "There are certainly elements of play in what I do," he says. "But I do it as dramatically and seriously as I can. I think that's the reason for the show's success. People enjoy it on a fun level and they also enjoy the play."
     In August, Weinstein takes "Macbeth" to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and after that he wants to open again in New York.
     The Tiny Ninja Theater Company has a website at, which contains an in-depth description of Weinstein's shows as well as a game and Tiny Ninja store. The game, The Tiny Ninja Production Studio, allows visitors to create their own ninja scenes.
     Tiny Ninja Theater presents "Romeo and Juliet" runs through June 7 at Theatre 99. Show time is daily at noon.

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