Symphonie Fantastique, the OBIE Award-winning, genre-defying aquatic theatrical experience, will close in New York Aug. 15, as reported by the New York Times (July 2). The show celebrated its one-year anniversary March 28 at the HERE Arts Center in SoHo.
Puppeteer Basil Twist's all-underwater spectacle, in which feathers, mirrors, mylar, fringe, fishing lures and more are choreographed in a 500 gallon tank of water, has both fascinated and mystified theatregoers.
Set to the music of Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique won an OBIE and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.
A second production opened May 5 in the Zeum Theatre in San Francisco. The run there uses a tank more than twice the size of the one at HERE. The California production requires five puppeteers, rather than the four used in New York. The SF mounting will close July 4, after its four week run was extended to ten.
Upcoming plans for the show include likely stints in Edinburgh and London. For information about New York, call (212) 647-0202. For information about San Francisco, call (415) 820-3353. -- By David Lefkowitz and Kenneth Jones