This weekend, our family attended a live performance of The Snail And The Whale at The New Victory Theater in midtown Manhattan on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
The play featured a three-person ensemble cast, one of whom played live music (viola). While the play had a slow pace at the beginning, the audience enjoyed interacting with the characters.
A young girl wishes to travel the world with her father, who is in the Navy, but he says she can’t come along because it’s too dangerous. While he’s away, the father sends a recording of the girl’s favorite story, The Snail and the Whale, and the adventurous tale comes to life in her bedroom. When a small snail meets a humpback whale, she hitches a ride on the whale’s tail so that the two of them can travel together. When the whale is in danger, the snail must save her new friend.
The New Victory Theater proves to be the perfect venue for a family play. There isn’t a bad seat in the intimate theater. In addition, The New Victory Theater has a large downstairs area which is perfect to stretch your legs, store a stroller and/or let the little ones unwind.
The Snail and the Whale had a limited engagement run on October 18 and October 19 with a running time of 55 minutes with no intermission.
The New Victory theater believes that kids deserve theatrical stories and experiences that are unique, challenging, inventive, powerful, imaginative and full of the kind of magic that only live performance can deliver. We carefully craft each season with shows and events for kids (even ones as young as 4 months old!)—and as always, kept their adult sidekicks in mind.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to the performance, but as always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.