“The Way Back Home” is a completely wordless production, done with puppets in a black-box stage, at The New Victory Theater. Based on the picture book with the same title by Oliver Jeffers, the story glorifies a child’s imagination in play.
In this childlike fantasy, a boy finds an airplane and takes it out for a ride—to the moon, where it runs out of fuel. Just as his flashlight grows dim, a spaceship crashes, and a Martian climbs out. Initially, each fears the other, but they quickly become fast friends. Soon they’re carrying out a splendid plan to repair their spacecraft and get back to their homes.
Watching the audience experience “The Way Back Home” was interesting too. Since there were no sounds coming from the stage, you could hear the kids in the audience saying, “What is he doing?” and “Is that his bed?” and just feeling their way through it by talking and making their own dialogue.
Make sure to arrive early so your kid can create their own puppet, to take on urban adventures throughout the city.
lilStrange made a purple puppet to match her purple JoJo’s Bow, and purple sweater. I wonder what her favorite color is…
If your kid loves an imaginative space adventure story, but you can’t make it to the New Victory show, pick up the book “The Way Back Home” by Oliver Jeffers. We have read this book every night since seeing the show and it is still a huge hit.
The Way Back Home has a running time of 45 minutes with no intermission and is
recommended for ages 3-5
Friday, March 10 at 1pm
Saturday, March 11 at 10am / 1pm / 4pm
Sunday, March 12 at 10am / 1pm
Friday, March 17 at 11am
Saturday, March 18 at 10am / 1pm / 4pm
Sunday, March 19 at 10am / 1pm
Friday, March 24 at 1pm
Saturday, March 25 at 10am / 1pm / 4pm
Sunday, March 26 at 10am / 1pm