Sarah’s Review of “Perô, or the Mysteries of the Night”

A few days after seeing Childsplay’s Perô, or the Mysteries of the Night, my daughter wants to go back and see it again. I, on the other hand, want to go to Italy and eat pastries.

Let me clarify. It’s not because I didn’t care for the show. On the contrary, it was darling. But the story of an Italian baker set to a catchy European soundtrack has given me a serious case of wanderlust (and made me hungry)!

For the time being I will settle for living vicariously through Perô, his neighbor Columbina, and the flamboyant Paletino the painter in this sweet tale. Cleverly narrated by the sun and the moon, Perô tells the story of star-crossed lovers (puppets, actually) whose occupations – a baker who bakes by moonlight and a washer woman who needs the sun to dry her clothes – have kept them at bay. It takes a surprise visitor shaking things up in their quiet village to help the characters realize what they truly want.

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While the sun and the moon narrated the bulk of the tale, they were also the musicians and one of the highlights of the show. I can’t remember seeing another Childsplay performance with live music and it was a treat! My daughter, her friend and I tapped along to the upbeat tunes throughout.

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The other highlight, in my opinion, was the clever – yet simple – set construction. It was fun to watch the “handlers” bring the puppets to life inside their little white houses. But it was even more interesting to watch the big black box in center stage transform into a colorful, tranquil countryside complete with fluttering butterflies, falling leaves and…pasta. Yes, noodles galore.

My 11-year-old dates both loved the show and asked to see it again. And I would, too – only this time, I would plan on a post-production pastry run.

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