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320 Star Starred
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 46 members
Review from Amy O.

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

reviewed Dec 29 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Katherine Romero

This puppet event was awesome. It is amazing how the puppets come to life. You forget there are puppeteers. I encourage everyone to see this unique show. It's very funny & clever.

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Review from Vrhodes

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

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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.” —
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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.

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