Fairy Tales of the Absurd - Reviews

“The laughter feels like spring in Fairy Tales of the Absurd ... a bright production with witty music and puppets galore …. Almost unbearably funny. [Peter B. Brown’s] pacing and diction are perfect.

D. J. R. Bruckner 
New York Times
,  June 18, 2003

“Ionesco’s puncturing of pretension and his ability to find pure silliness in the everyday seem tailor-made for the young...the staging is also hilarious.”

Laurel Graeber
The New York Times, June 20, 2003

“Staged with Pop Art panache by Edward Einhorn, Tales for Children ... jauntily lays out Ionesco’s thematic preoccupation with the way our minds are duped from the outset by parental chicanery.”

The Village Voice, September 18, 2001

“While many adults may find the show enjoyable and humorous, children savor the zany nature of the fairy tales.”

Theatermania, June 13, 2003

“The use of puppetry, bright colored costumes, props, and sets, and cheerful music between scenes lends this would be-Electra story a bouncy sensibility that children will appreciate …The costumes in “Head” have a Mardi Gras quality to them, and the actors’ make-up is terrific. Incrocci’s extra head is another example of puppetry executed with charm and style.”

Show Business Weekly, June 25, 2003

“Ian W. Hill portrays the most personable and engaging talking food that I believe I've ever seen on stage. You’ll be enchanted by the delicious variety of two writers’ imaginations-Ionesco’s and Einhorn’s -- as they take you and your family on a pleasant and happy journey to the cockeyed worlds beyond our own.”

nytheatre.com, June 11, 2003

“The small cast of actors is excellent. Uma Incrocci is a gifted puppeteer. Peter B. Brown and Celia Montgomery are so versatile that they nearly steal the show. It's quite an assembly of talent, including the first-rate puppetry.”

Curtain Up, June 13, 2003

“Like any good comedy sketch, “One Head Too Many” works on several levels. The silliness obviously appeals to the very young while at the same time the witty dialog among the bickering parents can be appreciated by adults. Mr. Einhorn’s particular brand of humor makes this story ideal family fare. Children's theater and literature are all the richer thanks to Mr. Einhorn's wealth of talents.”

PuppetMaster, June 25, 2003

“An unequivocal delight”

Electronic Link, June 18, 2003

“A winning cast ... As director, Einhorn demonstrates a perfection of timing and expression ... the gift of Einhorn is the common humanity he injects into his delightfully idiosyncratic characters.”

New York Arts Magazine, September 9, 2002

“A delightful introduction to the wonders of the surreal ... light-hearted and entertaining without becoming sugar-coated.”

Off-Off-Broadway Review

“A fun, imaginative and playful time for all.”

nytheatre.com, August 15, 2002

“A witty exaggeration of the ageless parental ritual of storytelling to children.”

New York Theatre Wire

“A very enjoyable show, fabulous for the adults and fabulous the the kids.”

Hi Drama, August 16, 2002

“Peter Brown wittily plays a chef giving a lecture on how to boil an egg, keeping his tongue firmly in cheek.”

Backstage, November 30, 2001