|Stuffed and Unstrung" Brian Henson and Puppets.||Photo: Carol Rosegg|
STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG
JUST LIKE A RAIDERS GAME – TOILET HUMOR RUNS WITH THE BALL OR IS BALLS?
On the stage sits over 50 puppets or so waiting for the actors on the stage to put their fists up their rear to manipulate the adorable puppets (that’s why the show is called “Stuffed’.” You’ll get used to the double entendre comments. All adult stuff!
This show may look like it’s geared towards toddlers – but you would be wrong. “Stuffed and Unstrung” is definitely for Adults. The show began in New York off-Broadway, under the name of “Up!-Uncensored.” But, now they production has taken their hands on tour.
There are lots of funny moments in the show – and then there are some moments that you wish they would leave out. I didn’t really care much for the audience participation part. It may or may not have been pre-arranged – but it sure felt that way to me.
Technically, this puppet show is a miracle. There is so much going, on that it creates a dizzy atmosphere. There are cameras, the puppets, a band and the real actors. The actors the stars, but the puppets get all the credit. Without them – the puppets would be just limp stuffing.
The puppets are small. Luckily we get to see them in HD on huge screens on each side of the Theater – and they are cute. Not cute enough to sleep with, but could be cuddly.
The show will pick up their stuffing’s on August 27th and go on to other cities. Created by Brian Henson and Patrick Bristow
AT THE CURRAN THEATRE
RATING: THREE GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!
(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))