Review: ‘Puffs’ at Elektra Theatre

‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic’ Delights Potter Fans in New York

By John Buckley on 6 June 2017
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Can’t wait for “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” to make its way to the Great White Way next year? No need to fret as there’s currently a play off-Broadway called “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” that is sure to delight any fan of the Harry Potter franchise. So if you find yourself anxious to see Harry Potter on stage, you don’t have to wait until next year to do so.

Wayne (Zac Moon), much like Harry Potter, ends up realizing that he’s a wizard rather late in life, having been reared by an uncle in New Mexico after “a freak chocolate frog accident” took the lives of his wizard parents., Just like Potter, Wayne quickly makes two best friends, Oliver (Langston Belton) and Megan (Julie Ann Earls), after the sorting hat places them all in the Hufflepuff house.

The three , who remain almost constant companions for the ensuing seven years, are played by three up and coming actors who, have both the timing and comedic skills to be scooped up by Saturday Night Live.

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Playwright Matt Cox is making his professional debut with “Puffs” and has written two other Potter parodies which, one dares hope, will some day soon be on stage.

What makes this play a fan favorite is that it takes place during the seven years in which Harry Potter and his world famous friends are concurrently attending the school, but focuses primarily on three students in the most heavily ignored house throughout the series, Hufflepuff. Some of the best parts come when the parody meets the original, such as in the case of Cedric Diggory, the one Puff whose style and flair made it seem as if the selecting hat had made an error, or Bippy, the house elf and Puffs equivalent of Dobby.

Mostly Cox introduces us to characters that J.K. Rowling had inexplicably ignored throughout the Harry Potter series. There’s enough of the Harry Potter story hilariously re-imagined within this production in the background of the “Puffs” new re-telling.

The sets are incredibly simple while the staging, with minimal use of special effects, is magical and never allows you to believe you are anywhere but at your favorite witchcraft and wizardry school.

Come July 8, “Puffs” will move to a larger theater, New World Stages on West 50th Street and the show plans to add new sets and new creatures to the performance.

THE DETAILS

Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
Elektra Theatre
300 W 43 Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
https://www.puffstheplay.com/

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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