It's all happening down on the farm--at the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, that is--in the musical puppet show, "Something to Crow About." A piano-playing potato accompanies crooning tomatoes, flowers dance on leafy legs, bumblebees sneeze and the farmer's wash cavorts in blacklight.
The theater and the show are almost 25 years old, and age is apparent both in the building's dingy concrete exterior and in the production's scratchy sound track. The theater rotates several shows a year--it's been five years since this one has seen the light of day.
But, never mind. Once the audience is seated inside, adults on folding chairs, children on the red carpet (this takes a while), the cozy atmosphere, plush curtains with gold braid, colorful lights, sets and costumes work their magic.
As always, the thin story takes second place to the beautifully crafted Bob Baker marionettes themselves, paraded, danced and whirled by the puppeteers into the audience. Children are thrilled by a fat bunny who "paints" noses with his artists' brush, scarecrows who perch on laps, and a sweet-faced daisy chased by an allergic bee.