MY BIG FAT GERMAN PUPPET SHOW (Invisible Inc./Next Stage). Factory Studio. January 11 at 9 pm, January 13 at 7 pm, January 14 at 4:15 pm, January 15 at noon. See listing. Rating: NNNN
When veteran puppeteer and voice actor Frank Meschkuleit takes to the stage dressed as an absurdly portly German-accented magician, and begins telling jokes, the burning question is “Where are the puppets?”
Without ruining the big, magical reveal, his puppet house and tiny creatures are both intricate eye candy and impressive feats of engineering. Together, they offer up a diverse array of hilarious skits including a very funny rewrite of Bob Marley’s Jammin (“I’m German”), a fresh take on zombie body problems and a marionette version of Stephen Hawking who throws down an epic, physics-themed rap jam.
Another puppet bit makes a funny reference Meschkuleit’s past work with the Muppets. It’s a grab bag of unpredictable and consistently entertaining humour (peppered with German-themed jokes) that ends on a sweet, and touching note.