Through Dec. 3 – Orlando Puppet Festival
Puppet haters, avert your eyes: The Orlando Puppet Festival is back for its seventh year. This means a weekend packed with performances by actors made of cotton and wood, expounding on themes ranging from airhead cutesy to darkly political. Though most shows will take place at the Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater there are compelling outliers, such as the Adult Puppet Slam scheduled for Saturday night at Urban ReThink. (Don’t worry, kids, there’s a Sock Puppy sock puppet workshop and Puppet Parade the following day.) For those of you who truly hate puppets and simply cannot ignore the needling aura of their presence within a 10-mile radius, you may want to check out the Gallery at Avalon Island’s Puppet, Muppet & Marionette art exhibit and sale, where you’ll be able to buy up as many puppets as you can afford and do whatever you like to them. – Jeff Gore (through Dec. 3 at various venues, visit website for full schedule; free-$8; 407-834-8757; orlandopuppetfestival.com)
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