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How ironic, that the Wizard of Oz character who touched our hearts the most didn’t have one of his own. But before the Tin Man was begging for oil and freelancing as a magnet critic, he was a flesh-and-blood lumberjack who’d pledged his heart to the unfortunate Nimmee, a captive of an incomparably wicked witch. To foil the hero’s happiness, the enchantress curses Nick’s axe to lop off a limb every time he swings it, leading the plucky young man to replace what’s lost with shiny new appendages. But therein lies the biggest problem of all: how can he care for his beloved when he’s void of the organ responsible for love?
Simultaneously stark in its production and lush in its imaginative depth, the Oz of The Woodsman is populated by performers in 1840s dress and eerily beautiful puppets made in the style of Japanese bunraku theatre. Those puppets portray flocks of crows, the wicked witch, and, piece-by-piece, the woodsman himself. But towering over all of them is the Kalidah, a tiger-bear hybrid mentioned frequently in L. Frank Baum’s books but rarely seen in adaptation. That fidelity to the original text is the result of writer-director James Ortiz, who also stars as the ill-fated Nick. Unfolding with minimal dialogue, The Woodsman was praised by the New York Times as an “elemental reimagining… infused with breath and light.”