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The Best in Modern Dance: Wonderboy Comes South!

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Returning to the Irvine Barclay Theater for another of its quasi-regular appearances there, the Joe Goode Performance Group will present the southern California premiere of Wonderboy this Friday for one show only!Known and highly acclaimed for his integration of movement, visual imagery and the spoken word, Goode’s 20+ year old company will perform this newly-created work, an intimate story of an unlikely superhero. Realized through inspired movement and the enchantment of puppetry, award winning puppet designer Basil Twist and Goode create a magical piece of innovative storytelling infused with wit, humor and pathos. In the general style of Broadway’s Avenue Q and a modern version of the Japanese bunraku puppet form (puppet operators are not only visible to the audience, but play characters of their own), reviews of the show’s premiere in San Francisco highlight the overall empathetic humanness of the production. The program also includes excerpts from Goode’s 1996 work Maverick Strain, a work inspired by Arthur Miller's screenplay, The Misfits.