William Stevenson
November 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Long Christmas Ride Home

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
performer
Mark Blum, Randy Graff
director
Paula Vogel

We gave it a B+

Hot on the heels of ”Avenue Q” comes a puppet play by Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel (”How I Learned to Drive”) about a miserable family holiday that climaxes in a car accident. The squabbling parents are Broadway vets Randy Graff and Mark Blum, while the children are very lifelike puppets. (They’re the striking creations of master puppeteer Basil Twist, and they often upstage their human costars.) Thanks to Vogel’s lyrical writing and ambitious approach — which draws on various Japanese theater traditions — ”Ride”’s not your average dysfunctional-family drama. (212-353-0303)

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