‘Stuffed and Unstrung’ is improvised insanity with Miskreant Puppets

Did you grow up with Jim Henson and his Muppets? Do you still love puppets? Do you own puppets? Gather them up and take them out to the Irvine Barclay Theatre for a bit of adult humor this weekend with “Stuffed and Unstrung.” There’s even a special New Year’s Eve show.

Leave the kiddies at home because the fun might include references to sex, STDs, and more sex along with lots of four-lettered words. Expect a liberal sprinkling of the f-word, the s-word and as for topics–anything goes and the audience often gets to vote on the choices.

Produced by WestBeth Entertainment and Henson Alternative, “Stuffed and Unstrung,” has Muppet-like puppets under the leadership of award-winning director, producer and writer, Brian Henson–Jim Henson’s son. Emcee Patrick Bristow asks for audience suggestions and even takes a few volunteers as six Jim Henson Company Puppeteers guide The Miskreant Puppets through their paces. They even have time for a few classics.

The stage is set up so that you can see the puppeteers as well as two screens which show just the puppets. If you were curious about mechanics and choreography of Muppetry, this is the show for you. Performances also include a celebrity.

There’s singing, there’s dancing and the direction of the mayhem all depends upon the audience. Call it mob mentality or group think. The end result is the same: A different show every night. The cost isn’t that bad either with special pricing for the young and for those wanting to be pampered.

For New Year’s Eve, the show ends with a live telecast from Times Square and a countdown by the Miskreant Puppets.

“Stuffed and Unstrung” continues until 31 December 2012 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA. Saturday, 29 December5 2012 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, 30 December 2012 at 4 p.m. and Monday, 31 December 2012 at 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, tickets are $38-$45. Special pricing for patrons under 30 (Saturday-Sunday only), $23-$30. Special Gold Seats (with admission to the Gold Bar and complimentary beverages) for $100. For more info, go to www.stuffedandunstrung.com.

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