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Ronnie Burkett

Hot Date: Puppets at the End of the World

JANUARY 20 TO FEBRUARY 26 What would you do if the airwaves were suddenly flooded with reports that the end was, truly, nigh? Penny Plain, a contented blind shut-in, doesn’t budge from her plush chair. But after her dog leaves to try his paw at manhood, the outside bedlam—a cross-dressing banker, a serial killer, and a group of survivalists, among others—begins to creep in. A tender, slightly skewed drawing-room portrait of love at the end of the world, Penny Plain is told through evocative marionettes and lovingly rendered sets created by Ronnie Burkett, founder of the renowned Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, which this year marks
its 25th anniversary. Factory Theatre, $30 to $55; call 416-504-9971 or click here for showtimes and tickets.