One of NYC’s most treasured cultural hubs, DUMBO’s St Ann’s Warehouse presents: the Toy Theater Festival, an eclectic mix of international and local theater miniaturists, both classical and experimental! Don’t be confused: with some programs for the breeder units, it’s primarily aimed at a quirky adult audience. There’s a late night cabaret and everything. There’s also… um… Kamp…
An enormous scale model of Auschwitz fills the stage, brought to life by thousands of 3” tall handmade puppets enacting the greatest mass murder in history, committed in a purpose-built city. The actors move through the set like giant war reporters, filming the horrific events with miniature cameras; the audience becomes the witness.
Even though Nazi-stuff is edgy this year and all, this is squirm-inducing. A toy theater production of a Holocaust work camp brings up the uncomfortable notion of moral subject-to-medium limitations. But, as a conceptual experiment and a toy theater piece, this will play over very interestingly. If Kamp sounds or looks to be in bad taste, look a little harder.
Toy Theater Festival, May 30 – Jun 13, St Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO