Ten West: Comedy Duo

TEN WEST is the comedy duo of Stephen Simon and Jon Monastero under the direction of Bryan Coffee. They blend physical virtuosity and inventive comedy with poignant writing, broad audience appeal to create their own theatrical style with strong influences of vaudeville, commedia, and clown. Ten West originated in the sketch comedy world in 2003, and has been touring throughout […]

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The Advance Man is one of 4 Finalists for Arts Writing Prize.

I reviewed Jamie MacVicar’s book The Advance Man,last May (read my review here), and now I’m happy to say that Jamie’s book has become a finalist for the prestigious Marfield Prize. This $10,000 prize—(also known as The National Award for Arts Writing) is one of the largest given to a single author.  It is awarded annually to a work of […]

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Giants of Commedia: Carlo Mazzone-Clementi

Carlo Mazzone-Clementi was the founder of the Dell’arte school of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake California.  He was a childhood friend of Amletto Sartori, Marcel Marceau’s first touring partner, worked with Jacques LeCoq, and performed with Dario Fo, Franca Rama, and Giorgio Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. In 1959 he came to the United States to teach commedia, […]

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Mike “Hillbilly” Weakley

Mike “Hillbilly” Weakley is a 1988 graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He then toured with the circus for 7 years as Hillbilly the Clown, and as a featured stiltwalker. Since that time he has entertained and performed for audiences at theme parks, professional sporting events, casinos, corporate events, festivals, concerts, trade shows, and other special […]

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25% discount on Musashi- physical comedy from Japan.

An Important Message From – Serving Theatre Since 1884 – Save 25% on Musashi tickets* ($55 & $75 tickets only)Musashi is the story of two legendary swordsmen on a mission for retribution. This riotously funny and intensely dramatic play by Hisashi Inoue depicts the spirit of the samurai and the futility of revenge through Yukio Ninagawa’s lavish directorial rendering. Starring […]

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The Advance Man

A behemoth of a book just came out, which is a 660 page tell all by Jamie McVicar about his days as an Advance man for Ringling. For those not in the know, the Advance man is the promoter of the show who travels in advance of the circus, making sure that all of the publicity is done, that the […]

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SPOOKAPALOOZA (Chicago)

Speaking of the Midnight Circus, I nearly forgot that they are doing their annual set of Halloween Free shows in Daley Plaza again this year.  This year the show is called SpookaPalooza! They’ve been doing it all week, so you’ve missed a lot of shows, but there’s 7 shows you can still see.  The cast features a rotating round of […]

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Maestrosities in Brooklyn with Orchestra June 13

The Maestrosities (the self-proclaimed coolest band ever) is a group of clown musicians who have a really good time while playing instruments. They’ve announced a collaboration with The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra. On the program: Finlandia – Jean Sibelius Peter and the Wolf – Sergei Prokofiev The William Tell Overture – Tonto They most certainly won’t be interfering with the […]

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