The Way Back Home at The New Victory Theater


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“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.

The Way Back Home New Vic

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.

The Way Back Home craft

lilStrange made a purple puppet to match her purple JoJo’s Bow, and purple sweater. I wonder what her favorite color is…

New Vic Theater

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 by Oliver Jeffers

The Way Back Home has a running time of 45 minutes with no intermission and is
recommended for ages 3-5

Performance Schedule:
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

Perfect Strangers 72nd Street Station


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As you travel along the new Second Avenue Subway line in NYC you will find a first-rate art museum, comprised of mosaic works created in the tile, along the three new stations walls. Each station 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets feature large public artworks by four renowned contemporary artists, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. They are collectively the largest permanent public art installation in New York City history. The best part is the admission to this “underground museum”, is equal to the cost of one subway ride fare.

The first station My Strange Family explored was the Second Avenue 72nd Street Station. The artwork that can be seen here is Perfect Strangers (2016) © Vik Muniz. NYCT Second Avenue – 72nd Street Station. Glass mosaic and laminated glass. Fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich. Vik Muniz is a well known Brazilian artist and photographer.


Perfect Strangers is a series of three dozen life-size portraits of people that seem to be waiting for a train along the platform and entrances to the 72nd Street Station. Vik Muniz took staged photographs of normal people that he knew, and a few notable NYC locals, to help him develop this Perfect Strangers series.


My son trying to spin the world globe, being held by one of Vik Muniz, Perfect Strangers.


Super Boy and lilStrange posing with a red balloon mosaic made from glass.


Raising two kids in New York City I end up taking them on the subway multiple times each week, and many stations don’t have elevators. So, this is what I look like walking up and down the stairs with a lightweight stroller, hoping to not miss the next train. I will be happy when the stroller stage is over.

Mr. Muniz said, “In the subway you really don’t end up remembering anything but the people,” besides the people, I also remember the smell.


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