It's time to get back to the garden! See the underground sensation, La Composta, some very bitter greens, a few late bloomers, and even a stray transgendear at The Garden Variety Show, appearing at the Blue venue this Fringe.
Perfect for childish adults who secretly need to go to a puppet show, it's educational, sort of, and full of stupid jokes for smart people. It's seasoned with vaudeville, thinly peppered with plot, 100% organic and 2% natural fiber!
To see some photos of the show, click here.
Puppeteer, mask maker and performance artist Gabriel Q has baffled audiences since the 5th grade when he discovered the power of drag and improv during show and tell. Whether turning himself into a drooling baby in a stilt walking high chair or launching 6 enormous butterfly puppets in a Mardi Gras parade, this Vermont resident delights in parading his cabin fever for the entertainment of others.
Filmmaker, painter, and old building renovator, Matt Bucy got into puppetry when his boyfriend invited him to go to Florida in May. In childhood and later at Yale, Matt practiced and mastered many useful sound effects, often using just his mouth. In the Garden Variety Show, Matt enjoys the opportunity to show off this rarest of his many talents.
A children's show for adults, the Garden Variety Show buzzes like a honeybee among issues of gender, spirit, sustainability and renewal, raising issues and harvesting humor from them. "Let's see, so far we've had a scathing indictment of the upstart edible youth movement, a shocking expose on the plight of the aging vegetable community, and a color-blind study of gender issues with an emphasis on abundance theory.What could possibly be left?"
It is an adult show but kids love it too. The costumes are outrageous (Gabriel plays the garden) and there's lots of action. Children just don't understand certain parts. "And if they do," says Gabriel, "I'm not responsible!" Among appreciative audiences for the Garden Variety show are gardeners, of course, but also farmers, witches pagans, and gay audiences, and arty smarty types. Gabriel says, "I like to get all kinds of different people in the same room, enjoying the show. It turns the whole audience into a garden. They all laugh at different times like flowers blooming, which makes it wonderfully confusing for me. On a good day, I don't even know what's so funny."
The Garden Variety Show appears