The Sublime Beauty of Hands and Klown Kantos Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 17 2010

Michael Montenegro's puppets run an astounding gamut, from tiny Punch and Judy figures to a headless, life-size doppelganger of the puppeteer. Most beautiful is a delicate moving sculpture of bones in the 2004 Sublime Beauty of Hands, which tells an oblique, poetic story about evil munitions makers, the vulnerability of the body, and the limitations of puppetry. Matters turn much less serious in the delightful Klown Kantos: six very funny puppet bits, loosely connected by the ensemble's clowning. Montenegro's interactions with his creations--comic revelations of the tender, antagonistic, complicated relationship between puppet and puppeteer--are a highlight. The show is a little long, but so lovingly crafted it's hard to complain. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $20-$25

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