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Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009

Puppets of the Living Dead

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Back for a third, consecutive Halloween appearance in MOCT: Night of the Living Dead: The Puppet Show, presented by Angry Young Men Ltd.  Angry or not, there are female zombie-zanies in the group as well, all camping up their zombies’ parody.

But first: Five Opening Acts, a sort of “Pick Your Favorite” series of blackout skits. Mine would be “The Wedding” presented by guest artists, The Mutes, a local group of puppeteers who specialize in the manner of old, silent-films. Kudos to zombies Mike Guthrie as the Groom, Alice Wilson as the Bride and especially Fjosh Redbeard as the Preacher, all cavorting to the music of Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”

The second half of the bill is devoted to Notld-Tps, a howler. There’s the stalled car, the couple walk (past a cemetery) to the Mansion on the Hill, etc. It’s all there. And the clever set designers mounted an interior/exterior wall on casters so that the action can pivot with ease from inside-to-outside the mansion.

Pity is the venue’s flat floor, open-space performing area of MOCT’s barroom. Off-stage actions not seen in a theatre are here, woeful distractions. Timing, entrances and exits, shock, are so vital to the life of comic parody.

There are two more performances: Friday Oct. 30 and Saturday Oct. 31, both at 8 p.m. at MOCT, 240 E. Pittsburgh.

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