San Francisco Magazine
December, 1999
Culture Hot List

San Francisco's Globalstage offers filmed plays for children--- it's created seven now---that begin with the assumption that kids can think while they're having fun. Like all its videos, its most recent production, The Island of Dr. Moreau, includes a discussion between a professor and a young boy, who introduce the play's main themes -- in this case, science's ethical responsibilities and what it means to be human -- as hey ride the ferry into Puget Sound on their way to the Taproot Theatre. Presented by theatrical troupes from Seattle to Antwerp, the plays are shot and edited like movies; the cameras angles, close ups, and views from the stage enhance the entertainment while re-creating the intimacy of live theatre.
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