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Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Have you ever looked at a paper bag and wondered if it had ... urges? What about dustpans -- have you considered whether they can shake their shimmies or not? We expect you haven't, but Liebe Wetzel has, and that's where the "loon" in Lunatique Fantastique comes from. Wetzel is the artistic director and all-purpose visionary motivating the ensemble. The troupe is famous for using everyday objects as spunky, opinionated (but silent) puppets, and that's where the "fantastique" comes from. These crazed entertainers present their holiday show, Foiled Again: An All-New Wrapping Paper Caper, in the days after Christmas, when many households are eyeing mounds of torn paper with some suspicion anyway. The production stars wrapping paper, tinsel, and an ornament as Madame Papier; a fedora and trench coat as the Detective; and Styrofoam peanuts as Peanut Man. Show time is 2 p.m. (with additional performances on Jan. 3 and 4) at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), S.F. Admission is $20; call 861-8972 or visit

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