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"Nimble and playful ... this show will be hard to beat."

-The Washington Post


"This polished, highly intelligent, desperately sad show will linger with you.”

-Minneapolis City Pages


in review: DARLINGS at the Southern Theater

Their first production based out of their new home of Minneapolis, Animal Engine’s Peter Pan inspired show played at the Southern Theater for an exclusive single weekend run of four performances. Read the reviews below:

“This retelling of Peter Pan has a breathtaking mix of emotions. And we’re talking ‘breathtaking’ in the most literal sense here. One second, you’re laughing-maybe at Smee’s bumbling ways or the mermaids flexing their fins-and the next, you stop short. Things turn dark in an instant. The blend of lighthearted children’s story and adult’s worst night is morbid-and brilliant.” -Say Entirely

“Whether you have lost someone close to you or not, Darlings will pull on your heartstrings.” -Twin Cities Geek

up next: PETUNIA AND CHICKEN at the Orlando Fringe Festival

“The storytelling is nimble and playful … this show is hard to beat.” -The Washington Post

“The audience is take on a clever, sweet and imaginative journey.” -NY Theater Now

“A gorgeous presentation of the American pioneer narrative using physical theatre and an earthy prairie palette … wholesome and worthy.” -Edmonton Journal

Inspired by the writings of Midwestern author Willa Cather, two daring performers create an epic story of love and loss as big as the prairie itself. Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.

Created and performed by Animal Engine Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.

Animal Engine brings this critically acclaimed show to the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival May 16-29. Tickets available here.

update: Animal Engine moves to Minnesota

After 7 years of creating work in New York City, Animal Engine has packed its bags and relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  No stranger to these parts, the company has had three critically acclaimed runs at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: zombie circus The Vindlevoss Famiy Circus Spectacular, prairie love story Petunia and Chicken, and Peter Pan reimagining Darlings.

“We really fell in love with this community over the years, and couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining it.  Audiences here are incredibly intelligent, and have a real appreciation for the performing arts,” says Karim. The company plans to keep touring both nationally and internationally, but also root itself strongly in the local community, with several productions currently being planned for 2017.

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