Joe Goode Performance Group

It’s hard to be heroic when you’re only three feet tall. Somehow, Wonderboy manages. The puppet character at the center of the Joe Goode Performance Group’s coming-of-age story, Wonderboy sits at a window gazing at the outside world. Paralyzed by his fears (something as simple as the glare from bright sunlight or the sound of bells completely immobilizes him), he’s simply too afraid to venture out. Eventually he can’t resist the lure of the outside world any longer, and he starts to take small steps away from his safe perch. Turns out Wonderboy was right, the world is a dangerous place — a dangerous, wonderful, scary, amazing place.

The company’s founder and artistic director, Joe Goode, worked with famed puppeteer Basil Twist to create Wonderboy. The avant-garde pair uses dance, music and text to tell the tender story, with six of the company’s performers taking turns at being puppeteer and voicing the part of Wonderboy onstage. Goode’s Maverick Strain, based on Arthur Miller’s The Misfits, completes the program. A parody, Maverick Strain pokes at the macho stereotypes and myths of the American West. 8 p.m. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit $20 to $45.

Fri., March 6, 8 p.m., 2009

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