Canada’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop
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Canada’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Canada’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop
The “Famous Puppet Death Scenes” performed by Old Trout Puppet Workshop aren’t really famous. They’re the product of the Canadian company’s free-floating imaginations. Still, these mini-tales seem oddly familiar as, with humor and a sense of something more, they ponder life, death and the afterlife. In “The Rise and Fall of Emmanuel Mauriac,” for example, a French soldier recoils as he encounters a seeming vision of his own mortality. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Canada’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop
Meaning arrives like a bop on the head in “The Feverish Heart by Nordo Frot: Act I, Scene 3.” Old Trout’s visit to the Samueli Theater at the Orange County Performing Artscenter in Costa Mesa concludes March 22. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Canada’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop
In “The Ballad of Edward Grue,” a hunter mistakenly shoots a man wearing deer antlers. A wisecracking crow delivers the story’s moral. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Canada’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop
Two contestants on a German game show pick the wrong door (perhaps they should have paid more attention to the door label reading “Nein”) in “Das Bipsy und Mumu Puppenspiel by Freulicher Friedrich: Episode 43 ‘Bipsy’s Mistake.’ ” The vignette is one of the so-called “Famous Puppet Death Scenes” presented in Costa Mesa by the Alberta, Canada-based Old Trout Puppet Workshop. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
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