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All things considered, the jump War Horse took from its Broadway debut to a month-long run at the Kennedy Center happened in record time. Typically, it takes at least two years for these enormous productions to make the trip down I-95. Of course, the World War I epic originally opened five years ago in London—and the maudlin Spielberg adaptation hit movie theaters last Christmas—so perhaps it’s not that quick, after all. Theater fans will get what they expect from War Horse: a tender, slightly sappy war epic that’s worth the steep price of admission solely for the life-sized horse puppets that garnered Handspring Puppet Company a Special Tony Award in 2011. By all accounts those puppets are mesmerizing enough to hold your attention for the three-hour running time—even if you’re bawling. If you’re jonesing for some top-notch equine puppetry, get to the Kennedy Center before Nov. 11. Just think: It could be a year and a half before you get another chance.

The play runs Oct. 23 to Nov. 11 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$175. kennedy-center.org. (202) 467-4600.