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'War Horse:' A production that leaves you saying "Wow!"

"War Horse" poster
"War Horse" poster
"War Horse" and the Orpheum Theatre

"War Horse" at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis


"War Horse" -- This writer has never seen anything like it! It gives a new meaning to performing arts. If you wonder how life sized puppets of horses can be envisioned as real oxygen breathing, oat eating and loving creatures, you must see the stage adaption of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name, which has its settings before and during World War I.

The theatrical production, which opened at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 2014 is unbelievable in the realism of puppet horses brought to life by the puppet masters inside of, and outside of the horses, which are built of an assemblage of wire, wood, and mesh.

The actors are superb in this magical creation, which is centered around a particular high spirited horse named Joey. They react to the puppet horses in this production as if the horses are real, and the puppet masters bring the lifeless creations to a new level of realism, where the audience sees and feels the emotions and movements of the animated animals as real. One look into the beautiful black eyes of these creatures, steals your heart and soul, especially Joey, who commands this performance as the sequential hero in this amazing stage production.

Nowhere in the realm of stage plays has this writer seen this type of irrevocable acceptance of unreal characters that embellish enough movement, emotion and sound to make one believe he is observing real horses. It is a monumental adaption of reality that leaves you crying and laughing over the presence, and artificial wonder presented onstage.

War Horse can be seen at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis through March 30, 2014, and is definitely a must see show. You will come away from the performance remembering the dark sympathetic eyes of the horses, especially "Joey."

The production dates and times for War Horse are:

Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:30 PM
Friday, March 28, 2014 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2014 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 30, 2014 1:30 PM
Sunday, March 30, 2014 7:00 PM

Tickets for the shows start at $30 and can be purchased online at at the official Orpheum Theatre website,, The Orpheum Box Office (901.525.3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and all Ticketmaster centers (901.743.ARTS). If you love Broadway shows, the Orpheum is the place to see them. You will not forget what you see, hear and feel!

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