War Horse, which finishes its run at the Kimmel Center's Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Dec. 2, is on its first national tour. Running at about 2 and a half hours, this play keeps the audience deeply involved in the emotions of the actors, as well as the horses.
The horses are done through a type of puppeteering that really allows the audience to get the feeling that a living horse is on the stage. It takes 3 men to operate each horse, and they do a marvelous job. The life-like feel they bring to the horse is what really sets this play apart and makes it so worthwhile to see.
The overall story follows the same path as the recent movie, but I found the play to be much more moving and interesting. There is a very minimal amount of props used in the show and minimal scenery, but the cast is still able to bring everything including a battlefield to life.
I'd definitely recommend this show to all fans of Broadway plays around the country as it continues to tour.