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New York Times

LOVE’S FOWL is “...wacky and wise, melodic and mischievous... simultaneously silly and smart” with a “canny and clever libretto” by Susan J. Vitucci and “sprightly music” by renowned Broadway composer Henry Krieger.

 

SPOLETO USA 2004

"Spoleto Critics' Picks 2004", Charleston City Paper

"Best Bet" Charleston Magazine, May 2004

The State  Columbia, SC

"Spoleto 2004: Where Chicken Little is Opera"

Review: Everything Opera's Cracked Up to Be...

"'Love's Fowl' is a delightful romp through the life and loves of La Pulcina Piccola, that is, Chicken Little." by Jeffrey Day, 6/12/04

The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

Review: All's Fair with 'Fowl' 'Chicken Little' Update Makes for Tasty Night by Carol Furtwangler, 6/3/04

 

Critic's Choice, February 2003 - Boston Globe

 

Editor's Pick, February 2003 - Boston Phoenix

 

Best in Performance 2003- The Oregonian

 

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2004

 

SPOLETO USA 2004

"Best Bet" Charleston Magazine, May 2004

 

The State  Columbia, SC

"Spoleto 2004: Where Chicken Little is Opera"

 

Review: Everything Opera's Cracked Up to Be...

"'Love's Fowl' is a delightful romp through the life and loves of La Pulcina Piccola, that is, Chicken Little." by Jeffrey Day, June 12, 2004

 

The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

Review: All's Fair with 'Fowl' 'Chicken Little' Update Makes for Tasty Night by Carol Furtwangler,June 3, 2004

 

Boston Globe

Feature: Chicken Little story inspires a tongue-in-beak puppet opera, in Italian - 'Love's Fowl' is a stirring, funny hit

by Devra First, February 15, 2004

 

Boston Phoenix     Editor's Pick

Feature: Fowl Play -- Chicken Little stars in a puppet opera
BY Liza Weisstuch, February 13-19, 2004

 

2003

The Oregonian

Review: "TBA Diary," an excerpt from Bob Hicks'  recap of PICA's festival, September 21, 2003

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14: On this day I make a great discovery: Humor exists on the outer fringes. Genuine, warm, generous, unironic, lighthearted, wittily crafted humor. O, happy day!

Susan J. Vitucci's 'Love's Fowl,' at Lincoln Performance Hall, is a wonder: a puppet show, with dressed-up clothespins projected on big screens, that turns the tale of Chicken Little into an Italian opera, following the plucky heroine's further romantic adventures in a Moll Flanders-like picaresque. Bravissimo!

 

A SHOW TO REMEMBER

We were included in The Oregonian's Best in Performance 2003.

 

"Love's Fowl": Sept. 13. Susan J. Vitucci's wonderfully silly clothespin-puppet opera about the romantic wanderings of Chicken Little. Lincoln Performance Hall, TBA Festival.

 

Puppetry International Magazine, Autumn 2003

"A Large Role for a Little Chicken," a feature by Meg Daniel

 

2002 and Earlier

 

The New York Times

Review:  "Potboiler It's Not: Nor Is It a Turkey," by Lawrence van Gelder, June 30, 1998

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New Yorker

"splendidly funny,"  July 6, 1998

 

Time Out New York

"silliness on a grand scale... Just give in and let it win you over -- you'll be glad you did." (From a review by David Nemetz, Issue No. 144)

 

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"...possibly the show of the year, a parody of opera sung in Italian by clothespin-puppets that tells the adventures of Chicken Little..."                            

                 Mary Thomas, September 12, 1999

 

RADIO

This American Life (PRI), "Chicken Diva," by Jack Hitt,

Poultry Slam first aired November 26, 1999

(The feature begins at 30:45 in the program at this link.

This American Life describes La Pulcina Piccola this way: 

Chicken Little, star of an opera performed with dressed-up Styrofoam balls,  sung in Italian, which makes grown men cry.

 

WEB

NYTheatre.com

"I can't think of many better ways to enjoy an evening than in [La Pulcina Piccola's] company at a performance of Love's Fowl."