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David S. Craig's adaptation of Michael Ende's

The Neverending Story

May 16th - November 3rdAvon TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 4 Critics
  • bottom 24% of shows in the 2019 season
4 Reviews

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Broadway World - Lauren Gienow

Andrew Robinson is funny and loveable

“Runeckles and Kahn are both excellent at engaging young audience members with their earnest performances as unassuming heroes. Also excellent is Andrew Robinson as the voice and the head of Atreyu’s literal Ride-Or-Die Artax. He is immediately funny and loveable and quite possibly the highlight of this production”

Read Full Review06/23/2019

The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

Design at its most theatrical

“This is design at its most theatrical: Visuals that startle at first, then tickle as you figure out how they are pulled off and what everyday objects they are made of.

It goes well with the plot, which sees Bastian not only reading The Neverending Story, but seemingly sucked into it. Runeckles and Khan, who both give sweet performances, are styled similarly to suggest that Bastian is imagining himself as the hero Atreyu as he hides from his real-world challenges…

In recent years, both the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival have been trying to capture the family market by staging well-known fantasy stories by Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis, but this is the first production that I haven’t found a bit trying as an adult spectator.”

Read Full Review06/18/2019

The Stratford Beacon Herald - Bruce Urquhart

Unlike anything previously seen on...

“Full of entrancing visuals that inspire childlike wonder – and performances that celebrate the power of the imagination – The Neverending Story is a delightful addition to the Stratford Festival’s Schulich Children’s Plays. Keiley, Gerecke and their crew have created a stunningly different fantasy world – one of light and bizarrely realized character – that’s unlike anything previously seen on the Avon Theatre stage.”

Read Full Review06/18/2019

Toronto Star - Carly Maga

Dazzling effects

“Designer Bretta Gerecke and lighting designer Leigh Ann Vardy have crucial roles in Keiley’s vision and they pull off some dazzling effects; Artax is somehow both majestic and friendly and two married gnomes, constructed on Arbuckle’s shins, are sleeper hits, especially when things get hot and heavy between them. Bastian’s opening run through his neighbourhood and school to escape pursing bullies is also a thrilling sequence.

The impulse to lean on the design elements of The Neverending Story is understandable, given the narrative constraints in Craig’s adaptation, and Keiley’s production is a glittering ride of ’80s nostalgia. Unfortunately all those technical cues also put a spotlight on the play’s shortcomings.”

Read Full Review06/16/2019

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