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The Suspended Disbelief Puppet Theater
performed tonight (Aug. 28) at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn. Interesting mix of dense, decrepit, Gothic ornamentalism in the puppetry and sets (think the Brothers Quay, Poe, Ivan Albright) and hip, urbane references in the songs and dialogue: Bogie and Bacall's sexually-loaded banter about horse racing from The Big Sleep
; the inimitable Mrs. Miller singing "These Boots Are Made for Walking," and a bizarre novelty record by Melvin Van Peebles called "Eyes on the Rabbit
" played for maximum pathos. Rose Csorba did the puppeteering, Jim Thomson of Plasmodium
provided the voices and the found/treated sound, and Sarah White and Steve Ingham sang White's lovely songs
on acoustic guitars between acts.