Best to think of this as a cultural event and to be prepared for low tech puppetry (and the weather!) The stories are enchanting if you can let go of adult expectations and approach them in a childlike manner. (There were quite a few children in the audience the night I went. They were laughing a lot.) The music was more cheerful than I expected. The puppets were shabbier than I expected. (Some of them needed to be repainted. Others looked like they needed some repair work.)
One thing I found very interesting was the outdoor seating. It wasn’t quite dark so the performers could see us clearly. It made me wonder if my experience of some plays would be different if the house lights were on throughout.
Vietnamese Water Puppets, Thang Long Troupe, Vietnam
8-20 March, various times, Aotea Square