REVIEW: The Joshua Show at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA

It's that time of year in Boston where outdoor activities aren't so fun due to the extreme cold (25 yesterday!) so we're always on the hunt for indoor activities to keep our 5 year old entertained. One of our favorite places to go is the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline Village which is just outside of Boston where we live. The Puppet showplace theater has been operating for 40 years and presents over 300 performances by professional puppet companies each year! Tickets are reasonably priced and the theater only holds 100 legally so the shows are always intimate and fun and make for a great experience.

We've enjoyed every show we've ever seen at the Puppet Showplace Theater and yesterday was no different. We went to go see The Joshua Show, who is described as "The Ambassador of Joy" and "A Hipster Mr. Rogers". Puppeteer Joshua Holden brings audiences a heartwarming story about friendship, confidence, and the value of being yourself. Mr. Nicholas, a sock puppet and Joshua's soulmate, makes an unnerving self-discovery that causes him to spiral down a path of loneliness and hopeless despair. How do you cheer up when life gets you down? Find out in this whimsical production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing!


Joshua Holden is the winner of 'Best Performance' and 'Fan Favorite' at the Puppeteers of America's National Festival in 2013 and has been described as a "Modern day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal" by the Boston Globe. 

The show we saw was geared at a younger age (Maybe 2-6) but we went with a 9 year old who had a great time as well... OK and so did the 28 and 29 year olds. It was funny, heart-warming and gets you involved shouting out ideas, drumming on your knees and even encourages kids to get up and dance during one of the funniest scenes, the 'Silly Dance'. After the show Joshua came out into the lobby and to the delight of the children, including ours, spoke with them, took photos, asked them their favorite parts of the show, and was just as nice as his on-screen persona.

There are only two performances left and they are today at 1:00 and 3:00 PM! Tickets are $15.00 each and can be purchased by phone, in-person or online here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34168. If you can't go today don't worry because The Joshua Show travels a lot and I'm sure will be back or in your city soon! He'll be in Iowa, Chicago and Atlanta next!

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