Horrific Puppet Affair Finds Humor in the Space Between Halloween and Christmas 

click to enlarge The HomeGrown Theatre crew after the preview night of the sixth-annual Horrific Puppet Affair.

Harrison Berry

The HomeGrown Theatre crew after the preview night of the sixth-annual Horrific Puppet Affair.

Every year the distance between Halloween and Christmas feels shorter. Holiday lights go up a little earlier, and at the grocery store, one clerk is putting bags of fun-size candy bars on clearance while another is stocking shelves with advent calendars and candy canes.

The holidays are like huge stars in orbit around each other, and at HomeGrown Theatre, they've already collided—to delightful effect. On preview night Dec. 8, the cast of The Horrific Puppet Affair, now in its sixth year, was armed with its puppets, and had at least as much fun as the audience, offering up a buffet of uproarious holiday-themed skits, with humor as black as coal.

Though HPA is known for its comedy, there were a few serious, tasteful skits, notably about depression and mortality. They gave the evening some gravity and reprieve from the weightlessness of stories about cannibal holiday cartoons and bestial Santa Clauses.

The show runs through Saturday, Dec. 23, at Woodland Empire Ale Craft. Tickets are $5 on Wednesdays and $10 Thursdays-Saturdays.
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