Joe Dieffenbacher

I’ve written about Joe Dieffenbacher before, but as it turns out, I’ve written mostly about projects he’s been involved with, or classes he’s been creating.  I’ve never written a post directly about him.  So It’s time.  It’s time. When I met Joe, he was the janitor at the Dell’arte School.  He’d graduated a few years before, and was hanging around […]

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David Larible: Interview in Lockdown’s Got Talent

David Larible

Great 30 minute interview (in English) with famous clown David Larible on the podcast/video show Lockdown’s Got Talent.    If you don’t know Larible, you totally should.  He’s a seventh-generation circus performer who has headlined most of the major circuses in the world, including Ringling, Circus Roncali, Circus Krone, Circus Knie, and many other shows. He’s performed on the stage […]

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Clowns Being Clowns… The Pass Along Video

Clowns Being Clowns: The PassAlong Video! Sometimes clowns being clowns is enough to make a video about. Inspired by the popular passing videos that are going around (especially the stuntman video) a group of Ringling trained clowns (myself included) got together and said: “Let’s do this!” Planned in a private Facebook group, and organized by New York clown Joel Jeske […]

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Virtual Vaudeville Makes A Revival This Saturday!

Virtual Vaudeville Poster

Vaudeville has made a number of attempts at revival over the years.  Now it is virtual vaudeville’s turn! In 2002, I was part of the short-lived vaudeville revival that took over Times Square.  [See this article from the NY Times that features my show extensively:  Old Time Vaudeville Looks Young Again What with the social distancing, #coronamadness, and lots of […]

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Laughing Stock presents Antonio Fava in Chicago 2/15-2/16/2020

February isn’t actually Commedia Month (although it does contain international Commedia Day).  But in Chicago, Laughing Stock Theatre is doing its darnedest to celebrate Commedia month anyway. They are bringing Antonio Fava, a world-renowned performer, teacher, director and maskmaker from Italy, to Chicago during the month of February.  He’ll be conducting a 2 day master class 2/15-2/16 at Links Hall […]

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Remembering Richmond Shepard

Got sad news from my friend Stanley Allan Sherman, who reports in a heartfelt remembrance that groundbreaking mime Richmond Shepard has passed away.  He was 90 years old at the time of his death and still working, operating a mime studio in his apartment.   I never studied with Richmond, but I think I met him a couple of times, […]

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REVIEW: Circolombia’s Acelere at Chicago Shakespeare

As mentioned in a previous post,  Circolombia’s show Acelere is in town, and we saw it last night. It’s the culminating event of Destinos, the Chicago International Latino Theatre Festival. I’m happy to say that I can highly recommend it. It’s a gritty show filled with music, dance, daring young performers, and some unusual circus acts performed well.  Most importantly, […]

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Circolombia’s New Show Acéléré at Chicago Shakes!

Circolombia, the Colombian based circus, is bringing their latest show Acéléré to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre as the culminating event of Destinos—the 2nd annual Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.  That festival has been going on since Sept 20 all over the city, with lots of exciting work! I reviewed Circolombia 6 years ago when they performed at the New Victory Theatre […]

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