I am always amazed by the shows at the Center. The production quality of the house company is amazing - comparable to a Broadway style show. While less elaborately staged, the shows of guest artists provide opportunities to see performances from around the country and the world. There is no place like this! The museum is interesting - especially the Jim Henson exhibits, and the young and not so young will enjoy making a puppet in the workshops after the show. Who knew what you could make out of construction paper, file folders and chop sticks! How the Center thinks up these elaborate creations, I will never know. Bottom line: Don't miss this place - and bring all your visiting friends and relatives. They will think you are so cool!
Posted: 6/21/2010 • Link to this review
I love the Center for Puppetry Arts -there is no place else like it. The Center offers incredibly innovative live theater with the bonus of a museum of puppetry and hands-on workshops ? all for an unbelievably low ticket price (you'll pay twice the price or more for a similar live show)! The Center has its own in-house performers presenting imaginative, high quality, fully staged productions - singing, acting and manipulating their puppets all live. After the show, the puppeteers even show you how they did it and explain how the puppets work. In between these shows, the Center brings in guest artists offering an incredible opportunity to see a variety of puppetry styles and shows from around the world. \r\rThe Center has shows just for adults that will take you places you?ve never been and shows for kids that are just as entertaining for adults (if the Center?s artistic director, Jon Ludwig, is behind it, you won?t be disappointed no matter who the show is targeted to). If you're a home schooler, or just want to help your kids learn, download the study guide that goes with the show from the Center's web site. You'll get additional background on the show as well as fun activities to do before or after.\r\rIf you?re looking for a fun place to take out-of-town guests, don?t skip the Center for Puppetry Arts. Every major city has a zoo or an art museum ? do something different - take your friends and family to a place they won?t forget!\r\rParking is available on site and it?s still free ? a rarity in Midtown Atlanta. \r
Posted on Citysearch: 6/02/2010
I love the different shows throughout the year, the beautiful puppetry, and the puppet studio upstairs. My kids love creating their own puppets after each show!What a treat!\rAnd, very inexpensive=)
Posted on Citysearch: 1/03/2010
Attended a Pinnocchio show. This show is purported to last one hour. It lasted 45 minutes. All tickets are $16- including children. They shoud have more competitive rates for the young ones. \r\rPuppeteer prides himself on using indigenous materials to make his puppets e.g lamp shades, wooden spoons from Salvation Army, but c'mon, I could have done this myself and set up a show for my guests right at home. The puppets were simply TACKY. The whole set up was an eyesore e.g faded cloth material and the like.\r\r$64 later, I would have been better off taking the kids to watch a movie instead. Will never go back again...you have been warned!!
Posted on Citysearch: 8/14/2009
My family went to see a show in late Aug.2008 (Ugly Duckling) and we were only a couple minutes late but the theater was a packed full house. There were a few seats separated from each other so we had to split up and sit in different areas, which was fine. Until angry parents were huffing and puffing while we try to find an extra seat. Other people came in after us and a parent yelled out ""This is ridiculous"" during the show. I was surprised at how rude the people were here. Parents complained more than their kids that they wouldn't be able to see the show because my head or one of my family members head was in their way, not in their kids way! We paid for our tickets just the same but the people that were there were reluctant to sharing the space. This was due to the poor seating plan the Puppetry Arts center had, which is first come first serve. But if you are in a little theater and have sold out shows people should be forced to scoot all the way to the wall so that the extra seats are open on the end. \rI gave it two stars only because the kids liked the show, they didn't love it. It was only 45mins but it was cute. For me as a parent, I was ready to fight before I was ready to relax and laugh with my kids. We will never go back.
Posted on Citysearch: 9/01/2008
The museum and the performances make you feel the wonder and enchantment of the art world. It's fun for all ages and they even have performances for adults sometimes. I love the puppets and the artists are great. The place just makes my heart feel warm and happy. Price is fair.
Posted: 7/20/2008 • Link to this review
I used to take my kids here when they were young and don't know who enjoyed the shows more- them or me. Shows are entertaining and move at a pace to hold everyone's interest. There is often some commentary before the show about how the work is done, type of puppets used, etc. Small exhibit hall on premises.
Posted: 7/14/2008 • Link to this review