Review of Snowflake at The Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis

Quote of the Day:  Gale LaJoye is a master storyteller in the tradition of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, legends of the silent film era who could make us laugh, cry, and keep us at the edge of our seats without uttering a single word. Peter Brosius, Artistic Director at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. Snowflake lives in what appears to be an abandoned lot, full of trash and broken and discarded objects. He, himself, seems to be abandoned, broken and discarded, and yet, he finds ways to create joy and companionship. A crutch in a box and a coat become a “coat friend” who takes care of him, washing his face, combing his hair, giving him a hug when he’s sad. He turns an old suitcase into a dog and a thrown out puppet into a boy, then, he spends the time trying to cheer up his “boy.” You feel his longing for family and his need for companionship, and a bit of cheer of his own. Actor Gale LaJoye moves with grace and style. His training as a clown is apparent, and his balance is amazing. He can even do ballet on skis! It was breathtaking. Snowflake is a show that is full of surprises. What will Snowflake do with this bit of trash that just flew over the fence? How will he cheer up his little...

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