• 2016-2017 Season,  Happysadness

    Everything’s Better With Puppets

    by Rick Curtiss Dramaturg happysadness is better with puppets. Everything is better with puppets. The nature of this phenomenon might not seem obvious at first. After all, puppets are for kids aren’t they? Haven’t we, as adults, moved past the juvenile and broad nature the world of puppets provides? The answer to both of these questions is a steadfast no. Adults love puppets. It might be attributed to nostalgia, butt here is something inherently adult about puppets. This can be seen in the many ways puppets have been marketed for adults. The Muppet Show had kid-friendly content, but the goal was to entertain the whole family, adults included. Others followed this trend with various…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Happysadness

    Oxymoron

    by Rick Curtiss Dramaturg ox·y·mo·ron /ˌäksəˈmôrˌän/ noun a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true ). I learned about this word (I assume in the same way everyone did) from a scene in the 1994 movie Renaissance Man where Danny DeVito’s character explains it to a group of students. I don’t remember anything else about the movie, but the oxymoron scene is etched so deep in my memory that I can still here Danny DeVito say “girly man” over the crackly drive-in speaker. It was the first time I realized that watching a movie and learning something new could…