But, seriously, have you been to one of Trouble Puppet Theater Co.'s events yet?
If not, you have another perfect opportunity to get out and do so this Saturday with their season preview and annual "troublemaking" festival, Get Into Trouble, at Salvage Vanguard Theater.
Brought to you by some of Austin's most creative minds at play, this annual party is the most exciting way to see what Artistic Director Connor Hopkins and his crew have been working on since we last saw them at Salvage Vanguard with their breath-taking Austin Critics Table Award-nominated morality tale, Riddley Walker.
Next up, TPTC is developing a new puppet show to be released on Halloween called Toil and Trouble, an original adaptation of The Weird Sisters, the three witches from Shakespeare's Macbeth. (Just don't mention the Scottish king's name in the theatre, lest terrible fates besiege you!)
Attendees are invited to dress up in their best paganistic garb to blend in with the macabre party atmosphere that will include puppet-led ghost tours, tarot readings, interactive games, fabulous raffles and something called a "hex booth." You'll have to be there to find out what that is...
Live music will also be provided by the ubiquitous Austin composer Graham Reynolds, the romantic Argentine sounds of Glovertango and the virtuostic and beautifully spooky creations of Aileen Adler. The night would be worth it even just for the musical experience; but paired with all the fantastical goings-on, you'll have all of your senses delighted.
For a variation on what's in store for you on Saturday, here's a performance from Adler at the Austin Puppet Incident in June:
Get Into Trouble takes place Saturday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at Salvage Vanguard Theater. Tickets are available online and necessary to buy ahead of time as the show will sell out. Proceeds go toward supporting upcoming productions at TPTC.