If you’ve ever seen Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” you know its inventive setup: The play is a take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” told sidelong via a pair of hapless minor characters.
“Puffs” is not that, exactly — but it does share some DNA with the Stoppard piece. The Matt Cox play is a comic trip back to the “Harry Potter” universe, as seen through the eyes of a group of misfit friends and classmates who witness the Potter drama from the sidelines.
Its local premiere comes courtesy of a brand-new theater company, The Eastern, whose managing artistic director, Justin Allen Slagle, directs a cast of 15 in the off-Broadway hit.
It’s a play that has definitely found its audience in New York, where “Puffs” has been running at New World Stages for nearly three years.
At that rate, those humble puffs will be graduates of that “certain school” in no time.
“Puffs or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic”:
When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; plus 8 p.m. July 16-17. Through July 21.
Where: The Eastern at PowPAC, 13250 Poway Road, Poway.