Frankly, puppets never go out of style, and that is most certainly true when humor is involved. A couple of Women & Their Workers had the great pleasure of seeing Missoula-Oblogata‘s “Clam-Lump” this past Wednesday night, and were left completely tickled by the performance.
Actors based all over the country, their set and props assured us they are completely mobile. Suitcases of all shapes and sizes open to reveal miniature sets and characters, conveying a remarkable balance of craft and function. Cast members moved swiftly across their stage, using lighting and music to lead the audience in a visual chase as the story progressed from the bar of a sealed stadium, to the dark underground tunnels that would lead a young adenturer to freedom. Choreographed beyond comprehension the cast takes you through a mirage of puppetry, song, and much laughter.
A little Stooges, with a dash of Wes Anderson, Clam-Lump reminds us that laughter makes us human, and we are human because we laugh. Don’t miss this great company the next time their bags hit the floors of Austin, TX. It is a site to be seen.
“Hey Martha. Make me an Old Fashioned- WOULD-JA!?”