Ensemble Studio Theater
Who does playwright David Zellnik think he is writing about scientific researchers studying monkeys in some far east land? Wait... it says here in the program that he actually WENT to Sri Lanka and worked among macaque researchers. Oh! Well then! Carry on! This comedy about documentary filmmakers stirring up a community of scientists and macaques was lively, smart and highly theatrical. With the scientists manipulating puppets of their macaque counterparts, the similarities between man and monkey were addressed in a very fun and unique way. Everything from the sound design, to the (Gilligan's Island-esqe) scenery, to the acting/writing/direction tended to suggest that this production deserved an official Playbill® and not the xeroxed, folded-over white paper program we received as our ticket.
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