NYCLOWNFEST: The Four shows I saw on Saturday
You can read about the 3 shows I saw on Friday here:Â
On Saturday, I saw 4 more shows of the NY Clown Festival. Â Here’s what I saw
PERHAPS… PERHAPS… QUIZAS.
I’d seen Gabriela MuÃ±ozÂ perform a shorter version of this show 2 years ago. Â Here’s what I thought of it then.(In fact, I was the audience volunteer that got married to her!) This time she did a full 55 minute version. It was still pretty darned great. The concept is wonderful- we see a bride on the couch, reading a book and eating bonbons. Â Eventually she chooses somebody from the audience to get married to. Â Problems ensue, and at the end she is where she started, but now we know why.
Gaby is a funny clown who is patient and great at dealing with people. Â This time my replacement suitor was a little bit of a bad pick– he was a “performer” and started to mess around, eating her cake and so forth. Â She dealt with him as best she could and eventually banished him out of the theatre. Â Which was hilarious.
You can see a bunch more photos of the show taken by Jim Moore of the show on his website vaudevisuals.
She has two more shows- Thursday 9/20 at 7 pm and Saturday 9/22 at 8:30 pm. Â You should definitely try to catch this show.
DON’T RUSH… RUN
Next up was a clown from Finland, Mona Ray (Ratalahti), who presented Â a show that was a collection of characters. My favorite one was a lecturer on the different kinds of laughter, and then exhorts the audience to laugh in those certain ways. Â Mona has a strong character and her work is interesting. Â She also did a bride character, who ended up picking the same guy that Gaby picked! Â He was better behaved in her routine.
I enjoyed Mona’s work, although I’m not sure it hung together as a show– I didn’t see the strong connection between the 4 or so characters she presented. Â Her personality and clown is strong, and the music in the show is great– I just wanted to see a stronger throughline.
She has one more show, Thursday September 20th @ 8:30pm .
Will Shaw has been doing juggling shows and performances for a really long time. Â And it shows (in a good way).
Although this show is brand new, it’s not new at all. Â He’s just taking what he’s been doing for the last 30 years and putting it on stage with some props.
Will is a great juggler, a great musician, and very funny and quick. Â He’s got tons and tons of one-liners and throwaway lines. Â In the show, he does a great spinning top act, spins a ball on his finger while playing the piano, does a series of cigar-box sculptures and balances and rhythm playing that are pretty unique and interesting. I hadn’t seen somebody play with the cigar boxes in quite the way that Will does– playing percussion with them. Â It was great.
I was sitting in the row with two other clown Adam’s– Cigar box juggler and Ringling/Bindlestiff Alum Adam Kuchler and Cirque du Soleil clown Amo Gulinello Â and all three of us loved the show. Â Perhaps Will just appeals to clowns named Adam?
I highly recommend seeing this show and disproving that hypothesis. Â He has one more showÂ Saturday September 29th @ 5:30pm