If you're a fan of I Love Lucy — and who isn't? — the socks at the Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater have got some 'splaining to do. Puppet producer Mark Hayward and two others who go by the names Glamour Puss and Frenchie opened the theater company last month, reinterpreting the pilot episode of Three's Company using nothing but cloth, buttons and pipe cleaners. Tonight, everyone's favorite redheaded screwball Lucy (Alicyn Packard), her Cuban bandleader husband Ricky (Charley Knapp) and their nosy neighbors, Fred (Keith Ferguson) and Ethel (Wilder Smith), will be reincarnated in I Love Lucy's first aired episode in which the girls try and convince the boys to go to a nightclub for the Mertz's wedding anniversary. (Maybe in the future they'll go to Hollywood and steal John Wayne's footprints.) The show is preceded by a sock puppet Edward R. Murrow and sock puppet period TV commercials, as well as live music. The company performs monthly the pilot episodes of other classic comedies, including Friends, Hogan's Heroes, Roseanne and The Golden Girls. Sock puppets eating cheesecake? We'd like to see them try. Atwater Crossing Performance Lounge, 3245 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village; Wed., May 16, 8:30 p.m.; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (323) 284-8265 or sockpuppetsitcomtheater.com.

Wed., May 16, 8:30 p.m., 2012

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