Henson Alternative's off-Broadway comedy "Stuffed and Unstrung" isn't the kind of puppet show you might have grown up with.
Part of the Jim Henson Co. — which brought children "Sesame Street" and "The Muppets" — "Stuffed and Unstrung" is a puppet show for more mature audiences. It will return to the Irvine Barclay Theatre for six performances, stuffed with quick-witted improv and Muppets, all grown up.
Host Patrick Bristow, 80 Henson Alternative puppets, and six comedian puppeteers will present this series of live, 100% uncensored comedy-variety show for adults from Dec. 28 through Jan. 1. The lineup includes a special New Year's Eve show on Dec. 31 that will end with a live telecast from Times Square and countdown to midnight (EST) by the felt characters.
In 2010, "Stuffed and Unstrung" appeared off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre. A revamped version of "Puppet-Up," renamed "Stuffed and Unstrung" for its New York debut, garnered rave reviews, including an "A-" from Entertainment Weekly.