Fringe review: ‘Goblin Party Interactive,’ Ibex Puppetry, Orlando
By Elizabeth Maupin
If you’ve ever seen an interactive Rocky Horror Picture Show, you’ll know a little bit of what to expect with Goblin Party Interactive, Ibex Puppetry’s tribute to Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth. But you don’t have to have seen Labyrinth to get in on this party: Heather Henson and her collaborators have made it so easy, and so ridiculously fun, to join the fun.
Think a bagful of toy goodies that you’re handed when you walk through the door, along with a glow-stick necklace and a whole armful of foam rocks, to be used to belt certain goblins when they come through the house. An abridged version of Labyrinth is playing on a screen upstage, and goblin-like characters are milling around – each dressed to resemble one of the characters in the movie, with Heather Henson in long white dress and jeans just like the movie’s Jennifer Connelly.
Ibex does puppets, of course, so there are giant kite-like goblin creatures sailing above your head and later a floating chandelier and gauzy draperies on long supple poles.
But beyond the beauty there’s plain silliness – stuffed baby dolls flying while audience members wiggle their finger puppets, a wonderful upside-down monster and balloons filled with glowy things that cascade from on high. I’ve never seen a theaterful of grownups laughing so hard as those Thursday night who were intent on batting their glowy balloons around the room. Simple pleasures, right?
Remaining performances: 11:30 a.m. Saturday 5/29, 5:15 p.m. Sunday 5/30. Orange venue.