We had the great pleasure of checking out the opening
performance of Sinbad: The Untold
Tale. The production was a multicultural feast,
skillfully combining acting and puppetry styles from many lands,
and a cast that hails from around the globe. We particularly
loved the illusions based on Japanese Koken
work, which comes from traditional Kabuki theater.
People (characters and stage hands) all dressed in black in
front of a black background so we don't "see" them as they
transform sticks into swords, or fly around on a
carpet. In fact, all of the actors were on
stage for almost the whole show, either as characters or black clad
Our favorite scenes were the fabulously fun stage combat scenes, especially the clash of the genies. The fight scenes were uniquely choreographed, and took the characters through an exciting array of hand to hand, staffs and sword fighting. Effective use of props made comic bookesque metallic energy bursts and streams visible through expert illusions. We even wholeheartedly believed the illusion, as a life sized genie was pulled into a tiny bottle and imprisoned.
It was especially excellent to see a show with such a rockin' female co-lead. Sinbad's daughter, Ittifaq is no princess in a coma or fairy tale girl, sitting home waiting to be rescued. She takes an active part in the adventures and is truly her daddy's girl. Sure she needed a bit of saving, when she fell for a trap, but turned right around and rescued her rescuer.
We're big fans of literature based productions, but Adventure Stage took the classic, tried and true Aladdin and Arabian Nights tales to the next level, with their U.S. premier of Charles Way's Sinbad: The Untold Tale.
**Note: Recommended for ages 9 and up (4th thru 8th grades).
Children under age 5 are not permitted in the theater.
SINBAD: THE UNTOLD TALE cast includes Esteban Cruz (Abu Nuwas), Dana Dajani (Ittifaq), Adam El-Sharkawi (Sinbad the Sailor), Mildred Langford (Jan Shah), Mike Ooi (Silent Genie) and Edgar Sanchez (Sinbad the Porter).
In the post show Q & A, all the actors had a chance to tell the audience where they were originally from, and there were an impressive array of countries represented, and none repeated. The actors also shared when they began acting, and my kids were particularly impress that half the cast caught the theatre bug as early as kindergarten!
"Filled with magical moments, thrilling combat and awe-inspiring special effects" - Centerstage Chicago
Ittifaq, the pampered daughter of famed sailor Sinbad of the Seven Seas, bristles under her father's overprotective care and longs for an adventure of her own. Young Sinbad, an orphaned porter, lives on the streets and relies on his clever wit to survive. The two meet by chance just before a bitter sorceress casts a poison cloud over the city of Baghdad. The unlikely duo soon find themselves facing good and evil genies, daring swordfights, magic boats and flying carpets. But can Sinbad and Ittifaq defeat the sorceress in time, or will their beloved city be destroyed forever?
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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