Perô, or The Mysteries of the Night

On the surface, Perô is a simple love story about puppets. Perô (Matt Wolfe), a baker who lives by night, is in love with Colombina (Jennifer Sue Johnson), a washerwoman who lives by day. He’s unable to express his emotions, though, and she’s swept away by the colorful painter Paletino (Matt Wolfe holding a different puppet). The night/day motif is reiterated by the Sun (Corinna Lapid Munter) and Moon (Mark Rabe), celestial orbs and talented musicians. Like all good stories aimed at children, this one doesn’t shy away from adult themes; lightly cloaked in peppy music and vibrant puppets are envy, heartbreak, and disappointment. As Perô and Colombina coyly tiptoe around their feelings, the Sun and Moon deliver blunt assessments of love and life. Children and adults alike should enjoy this delightful production, a collaboration with Speeltheater Holland, whose co-founder, Onny Huisink, has come to Seattle to direct and design this production. Without being overly complex, Huisink’s design is full of magical set pieces that show us what the land of puppetry has to offer. BRENT ARONOWITZ

Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 14. Continues through Feb. 14, 2010

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