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  Astro Boy And The God of Comics at Studio Theatre

Astro Boy And The God of Comics

Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington

Onstage drawing meets the ’60s dream of the future in this story of Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and his most famous creation: Astro Boy, a crime-fighting robot.

Thru - Mar 25, 2012

Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 7:30pm

Running Time: 1 hour 10 mins with no intermission

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WeLoveDC - Recommended

"...Created and directed by Natsu Onoda Power, Astro Boy and the God of Comics is a seventy minute riff on creation and destruction from both the creative and historical angles. We learn about the brilliant Tezuka through episodes presented in reverse chronological order – seamless mash-ups of live action, video, projections and puppetry. It’s a dizzying concoction that might almost seem gimmicky if it weren’t for the production’s total commitment to the bright-eyed, vivid intensity of comics."
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Jenn Larsen

City Paper - Recommended

"... The end is the beginning is the end in Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Natsu Onoda Power’s brisk, vibrant, surprisingly moving sci-fi spectacle-cum-artist biography. Superficially an adaptation of the Atomic Age manga about an empathetic flying Pinocchio built by a scientist to replace his dead son, the show blasts off when its helmet-haired hero does, on a self-sacrificing mission to save us puny humans from a lethal spike in solar radiation."
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Chris Klimek

Washingtonian - Highly Recommended

"... You don’t have to be a manga maniac or a devotee of anime to enjoy Astro Boy and the God of Comics. What Power has done with this little show is tell the unique yet universal story of an artist and his obsession by yanking you into his work and his world, using every theatrical trick in the book. What a way to travel."
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Jane Horwitz

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"... For a rousing, invigorating and affectionate look at the great Japanese animator Osamu Tezuka and his creation, Astro Boy, head on over to Studio Theatre’s 2ndStage’s whimsical intergalactic premiere of Astro Boy and the God of Comics. The audacious brainchild of Creator/Director Natsu Onoda Power, this startlingly original play has a dynamic view of the fluidity of drawing, the consequences of radiation, and even takes swipes at Madison Avenue."
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David Friscic

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

Astro Boy and the God of Comics is an ambitious project, distilling more than 60 years of “Astro Boy” comics, movies, and TV episodes into a 70-minute stage play. Ms. Power is far less concerned with a literal adaptation than an adaptation which captures the essence of the character – who he was, what he represented, and why he remains an iconic cultural touchstone today.
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Scott Meslow

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