Open Eye Figure Theatre, which houses all of its talent and wonder in its 110-year-old refurbished south Minneapolis storefront, is partnering with the Walker Art Center to present a special fortnight of puppetry appreciation, titled Toy Theatre After Dark. The series will include two programs—an adult program (named so for its language and themes) and a family program—to be split evenly over the two weeks, providing equal entertainment for both parents and children. The festival is part of the Walker's season-long Adventures in New Puppetry performing arts series, which, according to the website, "spotlights innovations in puppetry art." The family shows will explore various tales about birth, death, sibling rivalry, and ping pong, while the adult program touches on heavier, hilarious, and more mature themes, including neurosis, chastity, planes crashing, and goodbyes. The puppeteers involved in performances are mostly local artists, such as Justin Spooner, Billy Mullaney, and Kurt Hunter. However, there is some brilliant national talent involved as well. Along with the family and adult programs, Open Eye Figure Theatre will offer workshops taught by participating artists, and a "Five Viewpoints on Puppetry" panel discussion. You must register in advance for these extra events.
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: March 10. Continues through March 20, 2011