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‘Tibet’ production a visual feast

CATS’ (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) current production “Tibet Through the Red Box,” adapted from Peter Sis’ book by Seattle Children’s Theatre, is one of the most visually pleasing productions to grace the Nevada Theatre in a long time.

Veteran local director Diane Fetterly has developed beautiful sets and clever staging, including fresh use of wires and harness a la Peter Pan to lift 12-year-old Peter (Phillip Vossler-Thompson) and his father Vladimir (Michael Baranowski) up the Himalayas and deposit them safely back in Peter’s bedroom in Prague.

The costumes, borrowed from the Seattle theater, are simply stunning.

There is a great deal of magic involved, both in the plot and in the dreamlike effect of the play on the minds of playgoers. Children in the audience seemed spellbound, and we adults were no less captivated.

The disparate venues and characters in the play are all held together mysteriously and delightfully by Peter’s talking cat, also a spirit called Jangmu (Wanda Shiotsuka), who guides the characters to their next encounters with fate.

Shiotsuka’s saucy portrayal of the spirit cat, as well as the charm of her Tibetan dance movements and poses, casts a spell over the whole production, which seems to make the play both mysterious and whole.

– Gail Rudd Entrekin

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