Felt Up

There have been plenty of satirical spins on Fifty Shades of Grey since the erotic romance novel took the world by storm during the summer of 2012. Of course, none of the ones we've seen or heard of involved puppets. And they sure as hell didn't star an all-puppet cast performing sexy scenes with whips. Until now, that is.

When California-based performance troupe All Puppet Players comes to town they're bringing an original spoof of the book to the stage. It's called Fifty Shades of Felt. If you've ever seen the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which features one scene of an all-puppet Dracula musical, then you can probably imagine what the Sesame Street-quality puppets controlled by all-black-wearing puppeteers will look like. Written by All Puppet Players artistic director Shaun Michael McNamara and co-produced by Phoenix's own Nearly Naked Theatre, Fifty Shades of Felt promises to include audience interaction, raunchy humor, and dialogue with Anastasia Steele's naughty inner goddess.

Fifty Shades of Felt premieres on Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road. Tickets start at $24. For more information, call 602-254-2151 or visit

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 17, 6 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 6, 11 p.m. Starts: Nov. 15. Continues through Nov. 30, 2013
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Lauren Saria
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