THEATER REVIEW: “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region [Berkshire on Stage]

Review by Roseann Cane

The Brooklyn-based educational theater company, Rebel Playhouse, visited Troy’s Arts Center of the Capital Region recently to present their musical allegory, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth. I attended their first show, at 7:30pm on Friday, and exited the theater feeling seriously frustrated.

I was frustrated because I had thoroughly enjoyed this delightful show, and its sparse audience of adults left me yearning to relive the experience with a theater filled with families and children. An evening performance doesn’t draw a family crowd, and I can only hope that their one matinee in this region, last on Sunday (September 17) drew a house packed with people of all ages.

Based on a book by award-winning children’s author Douglas Wood, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth tells the story of Little One (Sarah Vishnev), a brave and independent young girl who communes with the animals Crow (Johnny Segalla), Fox (Claire Anderson), Bear (André Sguerra), Raccoon (Reanna Roane) and Butterfly (director/choreographer Sarah Sutliff). One day, a Truth (in the form of a large chunk of crystalline rock) falls from the sky, breaking when it lands. The animals pick up and examine the Truth, and because they see it is broken, they discard it.

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