Event Pick: ‘Homebodies,’ a two-person puppet show centered around a puzzle box

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Still via Alex & Olmsted/YouTube

“Homebodies,” a curious-looking play about a puzzling box and the larger concept of what makes a home a home, premieres tonight at Mid-Town Belvedere’s Baltimore Theater Project.

The three-day production is a puppet show put on by Alex & Olmsted, a duo comprising Happenstance Theater’s Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas. The below trailer, set to the old-timey tune of The Ink Spots’ “We Three,” depicts the pair appearing to fight over a lamp and chasing each other around, all with their 30 cubic inch puzzle box lurking nearby. There’s a also a shot of a morose-looking puppet dressed like a ticket-collecting train guard.

The box’s role in their relationship remains something of a mystery, though the production’s website says in their show, Alex & Olmsted together “combine physical comedy and puppetry to unlock the house of the imagination.”

If you can’t catch the premiere, “Homebodies” has two runs on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and a finale show at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

8 p.m., Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org/homebodies, $18 general admission, $13 for students, artists, seniors and military members.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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