Pulling Strings

Puppetry has not traditionally been one of the more respected theatrical forms (witness the hapless practitioner in the hit movie, Being John Malkovich), but in recent years it has begun to emerge from a fifty-year malaise in which puppeteers were relegated to entertaining young children who presumably didn’t know any better. “In the era of special effects and computer-generated imagery, it is unabashedly low-tech. And it’s an art form that stubbornly refuses to die.”