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Thursday, November 21, 2013
By Fred Plotkin
In this year of composer anniversaries and in this month’s immersion in Mozart here at WQXR, there is another artistic event worth noting and taking pleasure in, writes Fred Plotkin.
Friday, February 15, 2013
By Fred Plotkin
Puppets and dolls have, since antiquity, served as surrogates for humans in religious and secular celebrations. Fred Plotkin considers the work of Hendrik Bonneur, who uses puppets in opera.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Yesterday, it came to light that Kevin Clash, the Sesame Street muppet captain who’s played Elmo for nearly thirty years, was accused of having a relationship with a sixteen-year-old. Clash admits to a prior relationship with the accuser, but insists it was consensual, and when the accuser was of age. He is taking a brief leave of absence from Sesame Street to deal with the accusations. Mark Sussman, a puppeteer and professor at Concordia University in Montreal, explains the impact of the accusations.
Friday, April 29, 2011
One of the most powerful aspects of “War Horse,” which opened at Lincoln Center on April 14, is, of course, the astonishing puppets. At The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, the puppeteers pulled back the curtain during a lively panel discussion and demonstration.
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Before television and radio, many families used to gather around a 14-inch box set up on a table in their living room. They’d watch melodramas and action epics without electricity in the house. The box was a toy theater, made of cardboard, and it was an immensely popular item ...