A Fun Production of Puppet Up! - Uncensored
Puppet Up! is 90 minutes of improvised puppet sketches with the themes suggested by the audience, usually yelling its head off. The Emcee tells the audience at the beginning to yell out "Puppet-Up!" before every provision and they certainly do. There are a mishmash of puppets ranging from a big bear to a fish to aliens to crafty weasels and even some very thin, what look like pencils that are used in several sketches.
The puppeteers work very hard center stage. A video camera is positioned just above their heads and these images are projected on two large screens on either side of the stage. So you can watch the puppeteers improvising or watch the group performing intricate movements with the puppets on the two screens.
Some of the sketches at the performance I attended were wonderful, such as a puppet talking about gluten-free foods backed by some weird and funny puppets, and something called "Dirty Fingers" (don't ask about that one). There were two classic set pieces to honor Jim Henson. The puppets vamped on "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" and "Java" and were side splitting.
Puppet Up! - Uncensored runs through November 23, 2014, at the Marine Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, Second Floor, San Francisco. For tickets please call 888-746-1799 or visit www.shnsf.com for more information. Currently playing is I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Curran through November 23 and up next at the Orpheum Theatre is Kinky Boots opening on December 2nd and running through December 28th.