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Adult puppet show mixes humor and angst
An adult puppet show coming to Duluth late this month takes a look at life from a dog’s point of view. Joe Gigliotti has the story.
(Jack the Dog voice) “Yes, it’s my territory, woof woof woof woof.”
That’s the voice of Jack the Dog, the star of Diggity Dog Days. Actually, it’s the voice of Margo McCreary who created the one person puppet show. Her love for puppets started when she spent time at a Minneapolis theater as a teen.
“I got to be kind of part of the rehearsal process and all of that and saw what fun they were having in their workshop, so I stuck around and got involved back in the 70’s with doing puppets.”
McCreary’s been a part of puppet shows since 1980. Now, Diggity Dog Days comes to the Play Ground in Duluth November 29th through December 1st. Jack is based off a real-life dog McCreary owned. “I created a puppet to be like Jack, and I just started creating material for him. I was just determined to get a full-length show with Jack.”
Along with humor and music, the show includes real-life challenges McCreary has faced. “Diggity Dog Days combined kind of some of what I was going through in my life with my mom who was aging and this dog’s perspective of what happens when life changes.”
Kids are welcome at the show, but McCreary says it’s geared more toward adults. “It’s adult in the sense that it is I would say adult material, and not because it’s x rated really, it’s just that it is about caretaking and aging.”
She says the show reviews have been positive. “I’ve gotten great reception for it. Dog lovers just go crazy for it and I hear all kinds of dog stories.”
But the show isn’t just for dog lovers. “Also people who have been involved in maybe caretaking elders or aging themselves.”
McCreary hopes her show inspires the audience to set their worries aside. “Some of what my show is about is being more in the moment and so many of us get caught up with, you know, all the troubles of our lives, but to be more in the moment and play our lives.”
Diggity Dog Days at the Play Ground in Duluth: November 29th, 30th and December 1. All 7:30 shows. Tickets are $15, available at the door or online at Duluth Play House dot org. McCreary will also hold a puppetry and music theater workshop on December 1st from nine to noon at the Duluth Children’s Museum.
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