“The Daisy Theatre” an adult puppet show that pulls all the right strings
The Daisy Theatre at The Centaur Theatre’s latest is the production – is probably one of the most eye-popping, outlandish productions ever to hit the Centaur stage … and for all the right reasons. Canadian-born master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett brings his unique brand of puppetry for a non-stop two-hour extravaganza that would make the Muppets and Pinocchio blush!
This cabaret with strings features Burkett’s repertoire of 43 rather bizarre characters from his internationally-acclaimed Theatre of Marionettes (although they are not all featured at once, so every show’s line-up is never the same night after night), and has no set written script nor a rigid running order, so “anything goes” is the order of the night. And Burkett is an amazing one-man show, combining his extraordinary puppetry skills with his narrative and singing abilities to produce an energetic programme of variety acts, impromptu monologues, musical numbers, comedy and even bits of audience participation.
On the night I attended “The Daisy Theatre”, I was treated to performances by country music star Edna Rural, veteran ventriloquist Meyer Lemon (in which his dummy practically did all the talking), the lovable pixie-ish fairy child Schnitzel (and his rather intimidating companion Franz), and a grand performance by one of Burkett’s “Great Theatrical Divas”, which the audience got to choose from a selection of three of these divine divas, Esme Massengill, whose rather risqué number with a member of the audience certainly raised a lot of eyebrows, not to mention gales of laughter.
Ronnie Burkett certainly knows how to pull the right strings, and offers an evening of unusual, edgy entertainment with “The Daisy Theatre”. It brings the ancient art of puppetry to a whole new level of appreciation; and I am glad to say that this is certainly not your average kiddie puppet show! “The Daisy Theatre” runs at the Centaur until March 24; and please note that this show is for adults only (16 years of age and over). For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 514-288-3161, or go to www.centaurtheatre.com