A darkly comedic yet heartfelt 1980s adventure using puppetry, live music and special effects
HERE presents "The Pigeoning"HERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue, New York, NY) Map it $20
Poor Frank. Not only are his puppeteers dressed like evil spirits, he is pigeoned in his dull office reading an even duller employee safety manual. The audience isn't spared; everyone gets the same binder and endures the safety video with its nonsensical corporate-speak dramatized verbatim. From there Frank is subjected to a genuine "Pigeoning" from curious critters who drive him beyond distraction. His methods of dealing with the pesky space invaders are a series of comic sight gags involving such items as a Polaroid Land camera and Frank's very own pigeon puppet. Robin Frohardt's scenario includes a backstory that eventually unites man and beasts in a surprising, memorable way. Frank is easy to relate to because he looks and moves like a real person. And while the pigeons in this production are as persistent as the real kind, they are so much cuter.