It’s the eternal cliche … .fun for kids of all ages. But hey, half the experience comes from watching a show with little ones. And they are a great audience.
Legendary puppeteer Bob Baker‘s “The Circus,” a classic marionette revue now on at Bob Baker Marionette Theater, has been specially restaged for summer viewing — obviously great for families but we oldsters had a ball at the Saturday matinee too. The show just revels in innocent fun.
It’s a soft parade of hip-hopping, frolicking, dancing creatures, many of them four-legged. They skitter (and even skateboard) around their comfortable playing ground at Baker’s, whose building is also Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark #958.
Carnival barkers, jugglers, a calliope, and a few finely feathered ostriches find their way into the mix. The hour-long spectacle includes 100 puppets on view. It is a torrent of joy.
My favorite was the splendid tightrope walker, seen in the photo with arts·meme‘s Debra Levine. Animating this brave puppet is the senior-most of Baker’s agile, fleet-footed marionette artists, with sixteen years of shadow-dancing behind puppets under his belt.
Show is enlivened by a fun soundscore including “Send in the Clowns.”