Everyone can agree that action is always the best part of the movie. So why save all the good stuff for the end? Why waste breath and time when what the audience really want is crashes, flashes, and drama?
The answer is: You don’t have to.
Adrenaline junkies, Action Sequence is here for you. This show skips the boring stuff and delivers start to finish car chases, explosions, bangs, pops, and…puppets.
Yep. It’s a puppet show. But if you’re imagining marionettes or gloved hands hiding behind a curtain, you’ve got it all wrong. This show does its title justice, and the actors/puppeteers are in constant motion, running through the entire theater to pull strings, leap, and maneuver larger than life objects.
Action Sequence is an homage to 1980s action movies. So, expect bullets. Expect (cardboard) explosions. Expect cheesy one-liners. Expect lots of wonderfully horrible cheesy one-liners. Expect your macho hero to dangle from great heights and moving trains. Expect car chases. Expect to watch the death toll rise (literally—you can watch it on their body count scoreboard). Expect to laugh at the ridiculous, over-the-top-ness of everything.
It is like an 80s movie, after all.
Action Sequence is one of the very few shows where lack of plot is a good thing. You don’t want your action bogged down in character development. And it won’t be. After the show gets rolling (the only critique would be that the musical intro, though delivered by a great live orchestra, is slightly too long), your eyes are constantly zipping back and forth. However, the puppeteers do pause their nonstop motion to give you just the right amount of backstory, and the jokes delivered in this portion are some of the best.
If you’re looking for a good time, bar fight, throw down, non-stop action complete with a fantastic slow-mo I’m-dodging-bullets-but-I-won’t-dare-spill-my-beer tuck and roll kind of show, Action Sequence is for you.
Note: There is just a teeny bit of swearing, but this is a great show for kids as well as adults. In the Heart of the Beast recommends 10 and up.
Photo credit: Stephanie Rogers
(1st Photo: Bruce Silcox)
Book Your Tickets:
Tickets: Students $12, General $15
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Running Time: 1 hour, no intermission