Stuffed and Unstrung Off-Broadway Hit Featuring Comedy Improv by Henson Puppets
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The last date listed for Stuffed and Unstrung was Sunday January 1, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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Each year, the New Choreographers Initiative holds an intensive three-week process to create fresh, cutting edge new dances. NCI Discovery 2014 will showcase four new ballets created through this program. Artistic Director Molly Lynch invited four choreographers of note, as well as sixteen professional dancers from ballet companies across the country, to participate. This evening will debut the results to the public. This year's choreographers are Barry Kerollis, Gabrielle Lamb, Philip Neal and Garrett Smith. The evening also offers an opportunity to hear the choreographers talk about their concepts and ideas, and for the audience to participate in the discussion. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Ruth McIntosh
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My family and I saw this last night, as a New Year's Eve event. It was *amazing*. The cast is so talented and funny. There were no slow moments, which I was impressed by, given the nature of improv. Every scene seemed to flow effortlessly. The audience participation was lively, and we even had a live feed from New York for the countdown/ball drop at the end of the show. As there were still three or four minutes left, the cast worked in a quick puppet improv of the crowd waiting in NY that had everyone cracking up all over again. Awesome! We had so much fun, I would like to go back over and over. In fact, I'd like to take all my friends and family. Everyone should experience this. If you have a chance to see this, my family and I highly recommend it!
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This show has moments that are hysterically funny and some great gimmicks. In the production we saw, there were 2 women. Colleen was brilliant. The other woman whose name escapes me was ok, but couldn't carry a skit. The James Bond bit fell flat....continued
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My husband and I took our 17 year old son (in part because we're always looking for theater events which will engage a 17 year old boy - not an easy task) We all enjoyed the show, it does have off-color moments but nothing out of bounds for a 17...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“It’s nearly impossible to do anything but laugh.” —_Entertainment Weekly (Grade A) _
“A comedy improvisation show with a twist, Stuffed and Unstrung has a wonderful and inventive cast – who also just happen to be extremely talented Henson puppeteers. The result is a first-rate evening of comedy – with a program that changes from show to show.” —Theatermania.com
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Uninhibited, irreverent and rebellious, it’s never the same show twice. These free-wheeling puppets and their human counterparts are a bit naughty, but really, really funny. This show is not for kids — only adults age 18+ will be admitted.
Stuffed and Unstrung is a wild romp in which the skilled art of puppetry and spontaneous comedy collide. Unpredictable and irreverent, it’s never the same show twice. Expert puppeteers create twisted scenes and songs on the fly, as suggestions from the audience prompt the improvised storylines unfolding on stage. This production delivers “two shows in one” as the hilarious puppet action is projected live on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers race around below – displaying their skills in full view of the audience. With live musical accompaniment and Patrick Bristow as host, Stuffed and Unstrung boasts a cast of six world-class puppeteers in an uninhibited live puppet performance, as never seen before.
Brian Henson* (Creator, Producer) is Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and an award-winning director, producer, writer and puppeteer. Henson served as Executive Producer on the television projects Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (which he also directed) and Jim Henson’s Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (which he also co-wrote and directed). He directed “Battleground,” an Emmy Award-winning episode of the _Nightmares & Dreamscapes _anthology for TBS. Previous television projects that Henson produced include _Farscape, Gulliver’s Travels, Muppets Tonight, _and _Dinosaur_s. Henson’s film directing credits include _The Muppet Christmas Carol _and Muppet Treasure Island.
Co-Creator/Host *Patrick Bristow *is best known for his television appearances, most notably as “Peter” on the groundbreaking ABC series Ellen. Other small screen appearances: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Friends, Mad About You, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and others. Film credits include The Longest Yard, Austin Powers, So I Married An Ax Murderer, Twilight of the Golds, and the accidental comedy Showgirls. He performed, directed and taught at The Groundling Theatre. Directing credits include the Off Broadway run of Stuffed and Unstrung, Hot Dog TV for The Cartoon Network, numerous theatre productions and the 2004 L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards Show. His improv company, “Improvatorium” produces costumed and improvised short plays in Hollywood. And just like everyone else, he has a first draft of a screenplay somewhere in his house.