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When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 8 2008

Puppets are people too--at least when Blair Thomas and codirector Sean Graney employ strings, rods, ornate frames, two prosceniums, and human hands to animate them into soulful sufferers. That several of these nine short scenes by Federico Garcia Lorca were written for puppets is apparent in their folkloric simplicity and elemental depictions of "unforeseen love" and "dark death." Employing Thomas's trademark variations in scale, five master manipulators chronicle a family's separation and the inscrutable interactions of a maiden, sailor, old lady, and student. Most elaborate is a murder-ridden stroll taken by a puppet version of Buster Keaton, before a scrolling ink backdrop that passes through Philadelphia and ends in the imagination. Adding magic to this captivating hour are eccentric percussive and brass instruments. --Lawrence Bommer

Price: $10-$19

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