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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 3, 1997
Neville Tranter, the Amsterdam-based puppeteer who creates puppet shows for adults about subjects ranging from "Macbeth" to psychiatric hospitals, returns to the Theatre Project tomorrow for the fourth appearance of his Stuffed Puppet Theatre.In "The Nightclub," a pair of struggling entertainers try to revive their act at a bizarre post-modern club. Stuffed Puppet's appearance is part of the U.S./Netherlands Touring & Exchange Program.Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 13. Tickets are $14. Call 410-752-8558.
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By Allison Eatough | April 9, 2014
Shirley Johannesen Levine sways back and forth at the Ellicott City Senior Center, her arms moving to the left and then the right as she recites the classic nursery rhyme, "Old Mother Hubbard. " "Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to give her poor dog a bone," she said with a voice deeper than her normal tone. "That's me. " Then, she pants. Child-like giggles spread erupt from the audience - members of the Senior Center Plus social day program and the Athelas Institute, a community center that provides vocational, educational, residential and recreational programs for adults with disabilities.
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By Donna Erickson and Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate | July 30, 1994
Creating a puppet character out of one's imagination is play for children, whether a furry kitten or a scary monster. And when the curtains rise, the puppets can go on stage and laugh and cry or dare to do anything their creator imagines.To make a cereal box puppet, you will need: 1 single-portion cereal box, paper lining removed and open end glued shut; poster paint and brushes; markers; construction paper; glue; scissors; odds and ends (feathers, pipe cleaners, bottle caps, felt scraps, etc.)
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By Derek Chavis and For The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Muppets. Gas leaks. "What Does the Fox Say?" Oh my. Tonight was definitely a weird one. Like, when-The-Beatles-went-psychedelic weird. Not a bad weird, but more like ... "What is this? Oh, I get it. Hey, I really liked that!" weird. Pamela Lansbury makes its grand debut ... in a place that only Broadway fanatics go. The rest of the band gives Kurt flak for booking there, but it all works out in the end, as the SOLITARY member of the audience had a connection at hotspot Williamsburg Music Hall.
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By Randi Henderson | April 5, 1991
Kids on the Block founder Barbara Aiello summed up the resolution of the lawsuit filed by her puppet company with the glum comment, "We lost big time."Although she is awaiting the court transcript before deciding whether to pursue the case against the pop singing group New Kids on the Block, Ms. Aiello said for financial reasons, she probably will give up. Instead, she may try to get a news show -- such as "60 Minutes" or "20/20" -- interested in the case of the similar-sounding names.Earlier this year the puppet group sued the pop singers, citing evidence that confusion in the names harmed the business and reputation of the Columbia-based puppet company, founded in 1977, which specializesin plays about children with disabilities or social problems.
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May 20, 2005
SHOULD THE inspiration strike to tune into the Senate's yakathon on judicial nominations, look carefully for strings manipulating lawmakers as they speak. So thoroughly have outside interest groups that fuel political campaigns taken control of the body, few senators still seem to have a will of their own. This puppet show can best be viewed in the debate over prospective judges, where the shots are called by extremist groups on both sides of the ideological spectrum - mostly over the issue of abortion.
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By Jacques Kelly | December 6, 1990
A generation of 1950s Baltimore children grew up with Paul's Puppets, 15 minutes of Hansel and Gretel or Jo-Jo the Clown four nights a week on WBAL-TV.In a less complicated era of broadcasting, Bernard and Edith Paul were stars who never actually appeared on camera and were introduced by their theme music, "The Nutcracker Suite."The Pauls, now retired from active puppeteering, still live in their old family home in Linthicum Heights, where every prop and puppet they used in a long career is carefully preserved.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 8, 1997
The protagonist of Stuffed Puppet Theatre's "The Nightclub" is a puppeteer named Anthony, whose increasingly avant-garde puppet shows tend to ramble. And one of the most interesting and frustrating aspects of this Dutch production is the way its meandering format resembles the hapless puppeteer's acts.The result is a 90-minute show, currently at the Theatre Project, created with all the exuberance and loose, wandering qualities of a children's game of make-believe.Make no mistake, however.
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September 5, 1996
Who's that guy who likes to hang out with puppets? It's comedian Jeff Dunham, who started performing with puppets while doing a book report in the third grade. Since then, his cast has expanded to include Peanut (in Dunham's words, a "Muppet on heroin"), Jose Jalapeno on a Stick (a jalapeno on a stick) and the nasty Walter.Dunham will bring his critters to Slapstix Comedy Club starting tonight. This is definitely not a puppet show for the kiddies; only those 21 and over are admitted.The shows at Slapstix, 34 Market Place at the Inner Harbor, are tonight and Sunday at 7: 30 p.m. at $12.50 per ticket; and Friday and Saturday at 7: 30 p.m. and 10: 45 p.m. at $17.50 per ticket.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | March 28, 1995
The world of make-believe came alive yesterday for a group of Old Mill Middle South students who used puppets they made themselves with the help of an internationally known puppeteer to tell the story of a peddler trying to sell caps no one could afford.In "Caps for Sale," a tale by Esphyr Slobodkina, the children's puppets, made of wooden spoons and tennis balls, became townspeople while Shirley Johannesen Levine's puppet was the peddler, who wandered from door-to-door, caps stacked high on his head, trying to make a sale.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
Eggs, cabbage, celery, beets - not great ingredients for an omelet, perhaps, but ideal for a multimedia genre defined as "puppet cinema. " Welcome to "Planet Egg," a show taking over the Baltimore Theatre Project for the weekend with a mix of edibles, found objects, puppetry, music and live-feed video. It's the brainchild of Zvi Sahar, an Israeli-born, New Jersey-based actor, director and puppeteer. At his parents' home in Israel a few years ago, Sahar was watching his father working on a phone and his mother making sunny-side-up eggs.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Cecil Singleton had settled in to watch an episode of "Parenthood" when he caught a TV news teaser featuring the words "Elmo sex scandal. " A man had accused puppeteer Kevin Clash - the man behind the world's most popular Sesame Street puppet - of having a relationship with him when he was 16. Sitting at his New York apartment, Singleton, 24, had a sick feeling and began researching the claims against Clash. He, too, claims he had an underage but consensual relationship with the Baltimore County native - one he thought was an exception.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash. On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers. All three cases allege civil — in other words, noncriminal — violations, and are pending in the Southern District of New York. All three seek unspecified damages.
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By Jill Rosen and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Kevin Clash, the Baltimore-born puppeteer who was the voice behind the beloved "Sesame Street" character Elmo, resigned Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he had sex with minors. Though a man who'd accused Clash last week of having underage sex recanted, Clash released a short statement saying he was leaving the show with sadness after another accuser emerged. "I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart," he said. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
A claim that "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with a minor has been withdrawn. The 23-year-old man who had said he was 16 when he began a romantic relationship with Clash - the voice of Elmo - recanted Tuesday through his attorney. The brief statement from the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm of Andreozzi & Associates reads in its entirety: "This office represented the 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.
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October 23, 2012
The Tabernacle Church, 11601 South Laurel Drive, is holding Family Fun Fest, a Halloween alternative, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy games, the Great Maze, face painting, free food and a puppet and entertainment show. No costumes allowed. Kids will receive candy bags. Adults must remain on site with children they bring. Call 301-490-3838.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Special to The Sun | April 1, 1994
"Room 5" is one puppet show that certainly is not for children -- or for all adults, either. It's a campy psycho-drama set in a mental hospital in which the puppet characters are really disturbed and the human puppeteer embodying their female nurse is really a man.So this production by Amsterdam's Stuffed Puppet Theatre feels right at home at the insanity-friendly Theatre Project, where it's part of the U.S./Netherlands Touring & Exchange Project that brings Dutch companies to several U.S. theaters.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT | March 9, 1997
SANTA FE, N.M.-- Picture a moaning victim tied to a stake, while torch-bearing dancers taunt him with flames and a huge mob calls out, "Burn him, burn him."Sounds like a primitive rite from a far distant land, doesn't it? But it happens in Santa Fe every year in September, when the city fiesta opens with the ritual burning of a 40-foot-tall puppet known as Zozobra.Despite the multicultural setting, with Spanish, Native American and cowboy influences, this bizarre, seemingly pagan tradition has distinctly unglamorous roots: It was launched in the 1920s by a member of the local Kiwanis club.
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By Mike Giuliano | October 11, 2012
"Avenue Q" is not a puppet show for kids. Not only do its relationship-challenged young-adult puppet characters swear and drink, but they live in a grungy New York neighborhood that could use a good cleaning. These puppets may look like they belong on the set of a certain famous children's TV show, but their very adult behavior makes this clever musical appropriate for, well, the adults who are its intended audience at Columbia's Red Branch Theatre Company. If the rudely funny characters only spouted naughty words, they eventually would become tiresome.
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