‘No Blue Memories’ gives glimpse of Gwendolyn Brooks’ literary life, legacy
Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune No Blue Memories, November 2017

“You’ve Never Seen Gwendolyn Brooks Like This Before”
Adam Morgan, Chicago Magazine No Blue Memories, November 2017

“Manual Cinema turns Gwendolyn Brooks into poetry magic”
Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader No Blue Memories, November 2017

“The End of TV”‘s artistry is awesome. Its impact is profound, unique, indescribable.”
Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant The End of TV, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 2017

” a fascinating theatergoing experience blending live music, old TV video clips and shadow puppetry”
E. Kyle Minor, New Haven Register The End of TV, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 2017

“the audience gets to experience . . . a moment of live artistic creation, playing out on the stage in front of them, with little to hide and lots to show” 
Thomas Breen, New Haven Independent The End of TV, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 2017

“Incredibly ingenious and utterly unusual: Manual Cinema has invented a new genre”
 Alison Flett, In Daily Lula del Ray, Adelaide Festival Australia, March 2017

“…one would have to lack a pulse to not be transported back to a state of childhood wonderment at the universe Manual Cinema creates”
Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser, The Magic City, Adelaide Festival Australia, March 2017

“Manual Cinema’s ‘Magic City’ lets everyone in”
Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune The Magic City, February 2017

“Lula del Ray,’ a Spectral Parade of Fantastical Images”
Ben Brantley, New York Times Critic’s Pick Lula del Ray, Under the Radar Festival, January 2017

“Lula Del Ray shattered the perceptions of what theatre should and can be.”
Alicia Kort, Paste Magazine Lula del Ray, Under the Radar Festival, January 2017

“a special sort of brew—a multimedia hybrid of shadow puppetry, cinematic arts, physical acting, living music… and that is simplifying it all a great deal”
J.C. Wright, Stage Buddy Lula del Ray, Under the Radar Festival, January 2017

“the writer’s psychological center . . . was beautifully evoked by the spare melancholy of Manual Cinema’s visuals”
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review Monday or Tuesday EarTaxi Festival, October, 2016

“an exquisitely precise piece of visual storytelling”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian Ada/Ava Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August, 2016

“…a brilliant mix of hi-fi and lo-fi”
Mike Wade, The Times (UK) August, 2016

“a feat of sophisticated shadow puppetry”
Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune My Soul’s Shadow, November, 2015

“wildly imaginative”
Kendall Mostafavi, D.C. Metro Theatre Arts Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure, October, 2015

“. . . this Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…”
Ben Brantley, New York Times Critics’ Pick Ada|Ava, June, 2015

Manual Cinema Presents the Semi-Gothic ‘Ada/Ava’
Laura Collins-Hughe, Manual Cinema featured in the New York Times. June, 2015

“Manual Cinema is talent incarnate”
Helen Shaw, Critics’ Pick Time Out New York Ada|Ava, June, 2015

“Welcome to a brave new sensibility that’s corny and cutting-edge, backward and forward looking, at the same time.”
Ben Brantley, New York Times Critics’ Pick Ada|Ava, June, 2015

“an immersive, engaging experience”
Hilary Saunders, Miami New Times My Soul’s Shadow, April, 2015

“One of the most intriguing productions this spring. . .”
Russell Platt, The New Yorker La Celestina, March, 2015

“Manual Cinema’s remarkable sleight-of-hand goes far beyond puppetry”
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times Mementos Mori, January 2015

“Calling Manual Cinema “shadow puppetry” doesn’t do it justice.”
Ashira Morris, PBS News Hour Lula del Ray, February, 2015

“a hybrid of live acting and puppetry that results in something like a vintage silent film”
Sadie Dingfelder, The Washington Post Lula del Ray, February, 2015

“American performers get standing ovation in Iran”
Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Ada|Ava, September, 2014

Manual Cinema mixes puppets, projectors, and live music
Christopher Borrelli, Manual Cinema featured in the Chicago Tribune 2014

“the most creative thing you’ve seen all year”
Jaime Robinson for Fast Company Ada|Ava, February, 2013

“ingenious multimedia performance”
David Cote, Future of Storytelling Ada|Ava, 2013

“. . .the boundaries between cinema and live theater, puppetry and reality”
Meagan Doherty, The University of Chicago Magazine 2013

“I feel like I’m not doing justice to explaining how magical this all was . . . unimaginably intricate”
Loren Novak, NY Lula del Ray, 2013

 “strangely mesmerizing and thoroughly modern”
Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review Fjords, 2012

“extraordinary technical sophistication”
Tony Adler, Chicago Reader Ada|Ava, 2011

“Their works completely reenchant me with the moving image”
Christy LeMater, Culture Vulture, Chicago Reader 2011


Kelsey Klassen from Vancouver’s Westender interviews Artistic Director Drew Dir about Ada/Ava February 2017

Manual Cinema’s Julia Miller Discusses The Company’s Strange, Meticulous Theatre of Creating Films in Real Time. Flavorwire, January 2017

Michaël Bellon of Belgium’s Agenda Magazine interviews Artistic Director Sarah Fornace about our production of Hansel und Gretel which premiered in Brussels. December 2015.

Marco Werman from PRI’s The World discusses our trip to Iran with Co-Artistic Directors Drew Dir and Sarah Fornace September, 2014

WKAR Michigan State University Radio Interview with Co-Artistic Directors Julia Miller and Sarah Fornace September, 2013

Cinema By Other Means: An Interview with Drew Dir About Manual Cinema’s Lula del Ray, Northwest Chicago Film Society  December, 2012

5 Questions to Kyle Vegter (composer/sound designer) Arlene & Larry Dunn, I Care If You Listen December, 2012

Interview with composer Kyle Vegter and musician Ellen McSweeny with Bad at Sports, 2011


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