Ambition, greed, love and remembrance -- all come into play when a prince and princess battle over who will rule the kingdom. That's the premise of Towering, a modern fairy tale that then puts the royal squabblers in a desperate situation that forces them to work together, rather than against each other. A fable for all ages, Towering will be the final show of the season at the New Victory Theatre, an Off-Broadway venue for family-oriented productions. The site was renovated from a theatre built by Oscar Hammerstein I in 1900 and, in Dec. 1995, became the first theatre to open as part of the New 42nd Street Project.
Towering is staged by the Netherlands-based Theatre Terra, which uses actor-puppet interplay to create a unique world. Previous productions by Theatre Terra include Swan's Down, and Itoek And The Polar Bear. Founded in 1977 by Theo Terra, the troupe went into partnership with the Netherlands film, TV and theatre production company, Bergen, in the early 1990s. The New York staging of Towering completes Theatre Terra's first U.S. tour.
For tickets ($10-$25) and information on Towering, May 28-June 1 at the New Victory Theatre on West 42nd St., call (212) 239-6200.
--By David Lefkowitz