To Do Wednesday: Mum’s the Word

Mummenschanz.

Mummenschanz.

For those families who’ve already gone and seen the Rockettes, Mummenschanz is to provide a terrifying dose of surrealism, just in time for the holidays. Mummenschanz, the Swiss troupe famed for truly trippy masks and shapes (think: dancers who look like giant Slinkys, or who hold the components of a floating, disembodied face), has returned to New York, and tonight is its opening night show. The Swiss consul general posted in New York is hosting the evening: after all, when your nation assiduously avoids war, your diplomats can focus on puppetry!

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 556 LaGuardia Place, curtain at 7pm, tickets for the four-week run (through January 6) can be found at mummenschanznyc.com.