FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Is your boss a micromanager, constantly looking over your shoulder? Does your boss jerk you around, manipulate and control you to the point where your hands are tied and you just have to stick it out until you’re cut loose? Worse still, are you the one out there on the front lines, in public view, who ends up looking like Pinocchio when your boss makes a mistake? If so, get your mind off work and come hang with the Salzburg Marionette Theater at your choice of three Mozart operas: Don Giovanni (pictured, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27), The Magic Flute (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26), or The Marriage of Figaro (at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and Sunday, Feb. 27). That’s right—puppets performing operas. Established in 1913, the SMT, now under the artistic direction of Gretl Aicher, granddaughter of the company’s founder, has taken its ambitious repertoire across Europe, America, and Asia. Employing 12 full-time puppeteers and a small army of technicians and sculptors, the SMT brings its hometown hero’s biggest works to life using puppets less wooden than some of their live counterparts. Before you start picturing the randy Being John Malkovich marionettes going at it on the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, stop. This puppet show is for the whole family. And before you stick it to your boss and start cutting ties at work, maybe you should invite your own personal Geppetto to the opera, no strings attached. At the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $40. (202) 467-4600. (Amanda Fazzone)