The Puppet Show
The past eight days have been fantastic for Halloween, and we here at TCD have been running towards the scary stuff instead of away. This year we made it to the now-annual performance of “Night of the Living Dead: The Puppet Show” by the Angry Young Men, Ltd. and M.U.T.E.s troupes who partner in celebrating the macabre. Thursday’s performance began with a little sick vaudeville and pastiche, rolled into the curious with some silent short stories such as “Coin-Operated Boy,” then a tag team effort loosely spoofing the shopping mall massacre known as “Dawn of the Dead,” until finally the main event began.
The Puppet Zombie telling of the original movie is faithful to the plot of the 1968 George Romero classic, if it was written as an outline. The troupe fills in the holes modern-day gags and references. Much of the best humor falls back on gory slapstick: a crowd favorite involved a man-in-the-field reporter who interviews a zombie then loses an arm.
We now present a special Halloween recap from the show: