Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module

What to Catch at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

There’ll be much more than finger and sock puppets on stage

IBEX Puppetry   Photo: Theo Cote

Don’t expect the Neighborhood of Make-Believe or Howdy Doody at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, taking place in various locations starting January 17. The performances at this 11-day extravaganza integrate elaborate creations that extend well beyond felt gloves. Here are three must-sees.

IBEX Puppetry

Heather Henson (daughter of Jim, of Muppets fame) is best known for combining puppetry with environmental activism, crafting enormous, colorful, and intricate animals for shows with an eco-friendly message. In the festival-opening Ajijaak on Turtle Island, she and writer Ty Defoe tell a story about the relationship between sandhill cranes and indigenous people.

Plexus Polaire

Anyone looking for the artier and more adult side of puppets should be sure to catch this French-Norwegian outfit, which floored audiences last year with the eerie and thought-­provoking Cendres. Plexus Polaire returns to perform Chambre Noire, an unsettling look at Valerie Solanas, the woman infamous for shooting Andy Warhol.

Nasty, Brutish & Short

For a taste of the regional puppetry scene, don’t miss this multinight variety show hosted by Rough House and Links Hall. If you saw Rough House’s The Walls of Harrow House in October, then you’ll know to anticipate like-minded brainiacs with spooky imaginations.

Share

Edit Module

Advertisement

Edit Module
Submit your comment

Comments are moderated. We review them in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, abuse, and irrelevancies.

Edit Module