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A Puppet Fest For Adults? We’re Not Stringing You Along

(Image courtesy of International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC via Facebook)

I’ll admit, I always thought that puppet shows were mostly for kids, but maybe I was just pulling a Statler and Waldorf. This display of international puppet pageantry looks like one lively, adult-appropriate event. Produced by Teatro SEA and the MORÁN Group, the first ever International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC features theater companies from Costa Rica to Canada to France. But it particularly shines a spotlight on stories from Latin America and Latinx communities in the U.S., as seen in “Corazón de papel: A Hurricane Story,” a performance by theater group Agua, Sol y Sereno that focuses on Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.

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Get Schooled in LES Art Tonight at the Former PS 160

(Nicole Parcher's Facebook)

Nicole Parcher’s work (left) shares a hallway with that of Thiago Szmrecsanyi (right). (Nicole Parcher’s Facebook)

It’s not experimental theater in an abandoned middle school or a time-traveling prom at Chicken Hut High School, but this schoolhouse-wide exhibit at the former PS 160 seems worth checking out.
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I Survived ‘Nightmare: New York,’ the NYC-Themed Haunted House

(Photo: Michael Blase)

(Photo: Michael Blase)

I am terrified of haunted houses because they usually include the things that I find to be most terrifying: People leaping out from around corners, people screaming something in your ear, teamwork of some sort, and theater majors running at you from down a hallway. None the less, I still very much enjoy going to them because I get a great deal of pleasure out of being in uncomfortable situations. Being in a uncomfortable situation, for me, is the same as going to a day spa because it cancels everything out to zero. You’re there. Things are happening to you. And you don’t have to think about anything else.
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