They All Become Blueberries

Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of orange dude exploitation...Take a look, and you'll see child victimization... Remember how great it was hearing that deliciously evil-at-heart song and watching all the pain and suffering of the bad, gum-smacking children in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Though Gene Wilder pwned those kids with psychologically traumatic experiences and creepy oompa loompa lyrics, some of us out there can't help but hope that the contemporary, theatrical reproduction tones down the early 1970s "spanking your kids is a good thing" mentality that children today can scoff at in the safety that only CPS can offer. But in all seriousness, the fun and magic of the 1971 film gets a new look in its reproduction for the puppet stage at Slappy's Puppet Playhouse, where the characters will be played by marionettes (hopefully Charlie won't warp when he drinks the fizzy lifting drink). Showtime is 1 p.m. Saturdays through November 20. Admission is $9, $8 for kids and free for children 3 and under. Slappy's has recently relocated to the Palaestra Gym at 4335 Beltwood Pkwy. North in Farmers Branch. Call 817-369-4849 or visit for more info.
Saturdays, 1 p.m. Starts: Nov. 6. Continues through Nov. 20, 2010

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