Epic in scope in a manner usually reserved for musical theater
I love the connection between the ripped sketchbook page and the giant projection screen that helps tell the story
I like the idea of showing World War I through the eyes of a horse and the reminder that they are these truly beautiful, noble, obedient creatures who will work until they die of exhaustion.
Music always helps… and it did for this too
Despite the size of the stage and some very large and impressive set pieces, some sets were created in very simple and elegant ways that I liked (e.g. sticks held by actors that form different kinds of fences)
Doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war, including death, shell shock, starvation…
I like how long Albert and Joey are kept apart… I liked following Joey’s story more than Albert’s.
puppetry was amazing in London…so that felt disappointing in that I talked it up so much for my friends I went with. Sometimes the horses here would move in ways I simply know horses do not.
pretty one-dimensional characters
really distractingly bad accents. It made a big difference in the London production that the Brits were played by Brits and the Germans were played by Germans.
I just don’t care about Albert; he’s too over-the-top sentimental for me.