Half life-size rod puppets, performed in the Italian “Comedia del Arte” style, tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real”. Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds in one adventure after another that the “easy way” isn’t always the right way. On stage at Glen Echo, through Nov. 17.
A Washington tradition for 26 years, “The Nutcracker” is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. On stage at Glen Echo, Nov. 24 to Dec. 31. These shows are recommended for ages 5, up. Running time is 45 minutes. Tickets are $12. thepuppetco.org.