A technical and dramatic masterpiece, Once Vaudeville is a darkly comic portrayal of a ventriloquist whose family and fame are destroyed by senility and encroaching technology. Performance followed by an on stage discussion and Q&A with master puppeteer, actor, and playwright Kevin Augustine.
These may be puppets, but don’t confuse Augustine’s ochre-skinned oddities with Kermit or the Cookie Monster. Muppets struggle with the alphabet, Kevin’s creations fight for their soul. Grotesque and disturbingly real, Augustine’s puppets transcend the innocent bounds of “family entertainment” with haunting and human profundity (they drink, argue, and when Augustine and a prune-faced 8 footer struggle with a knife, it’s anybody’s guess who will win); and his on stage interaction with these often vulnerable characters is deft, even soulful. A showcase for the remarkable and very particular talents of a triple threat master artist, this is the kind of fearless and singular theatrical experience you always hope for, but rarely find.