We've often speculated on the secret lives of inanimate objects, even more so now that our microwave has taken to turning itself on and off for no apparent reason. That's the premise behind The Aluminum Show, a unique marriage of art, visual theater, and acrobatic dance with commonplace industrial materials to create a silver-sheened world where machines spring to life with energy and emotion. The plot centers on a young machine's search for its family, and the adventures it encounters along the way.
Creators Ilan Azriel and Ella Munk-Azriel set out to design a one-of-a-kind spectacle with repurposed materials, music, and dance. Since its 2003 debut at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, the show has circled the globe several times over, receiving praise and acclaim from audiences in Istanbul, Madrid, and Buenos Aires to Edinburgh, Athens and 60 sold-out shows at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. The company attributes such universal appeal to "sights and sounds that overcome any language barrier...this is visual entertainment at its best."
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On March 24-25 the show will make its Houston debut at Miller Outdoor Theater, located in Hermann Park. Co-directed and by Dodd Loomis (assistant director of the much-maligned Broadway show Spiderman: Turn off the Dark), the 2011 tour promises to be bigger and better than ever, with fresh choreography and over a million dollars in costumes, lighting, and special effects. "The Miller Theatre Advisory Board is delighted that The Aluminum Show is making its Houston debut at Miller Outdoor Theatre," says Cissy Segall Davis, Managing Director. "It's a great way to open the 2011 season! This is one of the most exciting productions I've seen in many years. It is pure entertainment...a theatrical spectacle that is thoroughly engaging and great fun for the audience. And best of all, admission is free!"
Yep, that's right - it's absolutely free. Tickets are required to reserve seats under the covered area and will be available free of charge (four per person for those 16 years and older) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of each performance between 10:30am and 1pm. Any remaining tickets will be distributed one hour before show time. As always, open seating on the hill.