- "Busker Alley"
The strongest presence may be that of Glady's terrier,
Mate, a marionette brilliantly characterized
and manipulated by Phillip Huber".
- "Those marionettes have such charm and vitality on stage. When I first
saw the Charley marionette, I said to my partner, "That puppet has
almost as much charisma as Tommy!"
- "Question: Can a marionette dog be nominated for a Tony Award as the best supporting performance in a musical?
The addition of a marionette dog, sidekick to buskering gal (Cincinnati's
Marcia Lewis) is inspired.
As worked by Phillip Huber, it's proof of the old adage not to work with
kids or animals: The dog comes on, the rest
of the cast disappears."
- "Reason number three to see this production is the matchless expertise of the marionette operator
Phillip Huber. He uses two
marionettes in the play. One is a miniature Charley, the second and most believable one
is the dog known as Mate (Taffy).
Taffy is the only serious threat of upstaging Mr. Tune in this performance.
Although no one sees Mr. Huber on stage, dressed in black, it is easy to suspend logic and see the marionette as
a real dog."
Dallas Voice, TX
- "The cast is nearly upstaged by Phillip Huber and his marionettes,
one a miniature version of Charley, and the other, a performing dog that
seems so real you forget the strings and
the person manipulating them."
Sarasota Herald Tribune, FL
- "In this show Lewis works with a shaggy dog, a marionette manipulated
with amazing realism by a Huber Marionette
puppeteer. It's an irresistible combination
for audience affection
- "And Tunes comes as close to being upstaged as he's ever going
to get whenever he shares a scene with Puppeteer Phillip Huber, armed with
a sassy pint-size marionette twin of Tune or a fluffy white dog marionette
that stands in for the old-lady busker's shaggy, tail-wagging, hula dancing
Daryl H. Miller
LA Daily News, CA
- "And the marionette work by the Huber Marionettes may garner the
first Tony Award for a pair of inanimate
Los Angeles Daily Breeze
two wonderful show stealing marionettes. Thanks to incredibly
complex stringing, they articulate far beyond
the usual ability of marionettes. The little dog, for instance,
not only opens and closes its mouth but also pants with its tongue out,
and its backend wiggles as though its tail had a mind of its own
San Jose Mercury News, CA
for KVIL - Dallas Radio Review
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