Horrific Puppet Affair 

Runs through Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Gem Center for the Arts

There are no strings holding down the Horrific Puppet Affair. Over the last seven years, this puppet show has gone from a novelty to an honest-to-puppeteer Halloween tradition, and it's as iconically Boise as marching up Simplot's Hill for a silver dollar. For the last four years, Woodland Empire Ale Craft has hosted HPA, but this will be the first season that HomeGrown Theatre, which puts on the show, will throw down at its new location, the Gem Center for the Arts. Check out its eight short Halloween-y plays by the likes of Alan Heathcock and Josh Gross, and directors like Dwayne Blackaller of Boise Contemporary Theater, HGT Co-founder Jaime Nebeker and Dayna Smith of Campfire Theatre Festival. While puppets and shadow-plays have a childish feel to them, viewers should be aware that this is entertainment for mature audiences.

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