NY Clown Theatre Festival 2010: Neon Lights
This show relies heavily on the charms of the two actors, and it largely succeeds. Jeff and Chris (or shall we call him Buttons) are a good match of energy and demeanor. They both are unmistakably clowns, but with a downtown urban air. They are both not traditional showman, but have a studied non-chalance that suits their po-mo vaudeville aspirations.
They have a lot of hilarious moments playing off one another. A couple of the routines seem to be a little too long, but it’s always a balancing act when you are putting together a variety show that has lots of improv in it.
Overall this was a delightful show with two charismatic performers who really play their characters to perfection. I hope they have the opportunity to now play their routines to perfection also. Well worth catching somewhere else if you can.
Jeff Seal & Chris Manley
New York, NY
Jeff and Buttons have TONS of new material and now they have their own show so this should be a cinch.Â Their comedy harkens back to the golden age of Vaudeville (1925-late 1925) with updated and reworked laughs.Â Their new PoMoVau show, Neon Lights is all you need to know about Vaudeville and olâ€™ timey crack â€™em ups.Â Theyâ€™re also idiots.Â Chris Manley (Buttons) is a member of “New Excitement” and has appeared on Comedy Central.Â Jeff Seal is a four-time Golden Clown Nose nominee and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.Â Both of them co-wrote and acted in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir.Â Directed by Danny Manley.Â 60 min.
Wednesday, September 8th @ 8pm
Monday, September 13th @ 9pm
Saturday, September 18th @ 8pm
Wednesday, September 22 @ 7pm
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