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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Massacre in The Toy Country

Junges theatre begins the Festival " 5x Macbeth " with urkomischem doll theatre. Specialguests: Mister and Missis Smile as title heroes

" Macbeth ". Shortest and most closed of Shakespeares dramas and agony of whole generations of upper stage pupils in the English performance course. A nightmareful inferno of tremendous bildnerischer density.

The genialische play around power, greed up to the insanity and the sinnliche Erotik of the bad one is starting point for the current meeting series " 5x Macbeth " of the boy theatre, which presents most diverse szenische conversions of the drama material from view of the free scene. " Macbeth " today one dances, one sings as Karaoke or - as in the prelude before-of yesterday - to the skurrilen plastic doll play.

For " the Tiny Ninja theatre " from New York is mentioned the machtgeile Macbeth a four centimeter small plastic man, Mr. Smile. Its utterance " ALL is but toys ", " everything is not anything as Tand ", it is seriously taken, if over one hundred small toy figures, apparently freshly slipped out of the Ueberraschungsei, the tragedy in the miniature format to represent.

The slogan " small roles, only small actors " the drama at this point does not become faithful the zynischen and err-funny off theatre caper. Past the times of rumzickenden and Gage devouring actors. The artificial participants, it are itself almost for nothing too unfortunate.

Director and player Dov Weinstein are old around the 35 years. But if it goes into action, it works like manisch in the Playmobil play deepened seven-year-olds: The tiny Protagonisten from plastics will become over the stage geschleift, in a chaotic battle simulation finally " the Englishmen " against " the Scots " up-mixed - victims pile up themselves to a multicolored plastic heap, in order to then land after short process in the play crate. An issue of the unfeinen type.

The Theatermacher actually sees itself as a rescuer of the entehrten Figuerchen, help them faraway to fame in the searchlight beam from the schnoeden existence in setting boxes: " I saw these tiny Ninja figures in chewing rubber machines distributed over the whole city, but nobody used her, in order to play classical theatre. Something had to be done. "

He did it. And how. " Macbeth " in the high-speed run. Rapidly and err-funny it happens. An internal message hunts the next in the 40-minuetigen doll Show. Weinstein rattert the classical text afterwards-come in " finest old " British in such a manner fast down, that one with the laughter sometimes not at all. The different roles and effects intoniert he auf's Trefflichste, sometimes reminds of inbruenstige child's voices if her when playing police sirens imitate.

With toy binoculars the Gewusel on that can equipped be pursued about a times 0.5 to meter small playground, a black desk, EN detail. The much-busy doll player sits behind it.

At the end the plastic heading of Macbeth rolls and with a flashlight is blood-redly angeleuchtet. Mini Macduff killed it and again-preserve-created thus the order in the toy world. Even if sometimes it happens very brutally: Guaranteed no participant came to damage - apart perhaps from a few scratches in the multicolored lacquer.

Roland Roedermund

Still Tuesday and Wednesday, in each case at 20 o'clock and 21,30 o'clock in the boy theatre in the goods station

taz Bremen No. 6656 of 22.1.2002, page 23, 50 lines (comment), Roland Roedermund

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