Monday, April 29, 2013

Name that freaky physical theatre troupe that uses rolls of toilet paper for masks...


Mummenschanz!

That's the name of the freaky silent "mummers" physical theatre troupe that uses surreal masks and weird props to suggest facial expressions and communication including, yes, rolls of toilet paper. I couldn't remember it until I heard the name tonight (in an unlikely setting -- on a rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond).

Here's their website and here a Boston Globe article from this past December (2012) on the occasion of the 40th anniversary year of their founding.

I remember seeing commercials for them back in the 1970s as a little boy watching the channels from New York City -- and I remember being scared by them.



Here is a YouTube clip (which starts off with rough quality) of when they were on The Muppet Show in 1976. It's a light-hearted and upbeat segment.

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I'm home now watching TV (see above) and still feelling somewhat under the weather, although I'm better than earlier today. This cold and/or sinus infection waxes and wanes. At this point, I'm not sure I'll be able to go to work, at least in the morning.

I may try to post my weekend pictures -- although upon review there aren't that many of them, and I'm pretty tired right now.

--Regulus

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