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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.