The world of puppetry and Golden Girls have become one. Yes, Cincinnatians can look forward to That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody this fall. The show will unfold at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater Oct. 19 and 20 with four total showtimes (1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on both days).
Throw a party. Invite everyone you know. Revel in an evening of cheesecake, Jazzercise, shoulder pads and elderly puppets talking about their sex lives — with all the witticisms that made the mid-1980s sitcom a classic.
Directed by Michael Hull and written by Doug Kmiotek, the 90-minute production will feature puppets (think Sesame Street) reviving the roles of the beloved, quirky roommates with Meggie Doyle as Rose, Erin Ulman as Blanche, Casey Andrews as Dorothy and Ashley Brooke as Sophia.
The production was originally co-created by Thomas Duncan-Watt and Jonathan Rockefeller, the latter of which spoke to The Huffington Post in 2016 when That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody first opened at New York's DR2 Theatre.
"They were talking about race, religion, sex, gender — all these things — and I think that’s what made them interesting,” he told The Huffington Post. “They were talking about gay marriage back in 1985, and now we’ve just got that in the past couple of years.”
Since no reboot is in the works — would it really be the same without the OG cast? — this puppet show may be the closest devoted fans can get. Grab your truest pals and confidants (and your grandma) and revisit the lives of these four friends in Miami.
Tickets are $25-$45 and go on sale Friday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. For more info or to buy tickets, visit cincinnatiarts.org or call Aronoff Center's ticket office at 513-621-2787.