This play involves vaudevillian slapstick, musical numbers, and even the audience participation to create a very unique and special experience. Oh-and funny. A very funny experience (otherwise, why would I be writing about it…). I am just now getting back home from seeing it, and I’m so happy I already have tickets to go see it again.
The play stars Bill Irwin and David Shiner, who are two professional clowns and playwrights. They have performed together before in a few shows, clocking in over a half a century of performance experience. They are also artists in residence at the Signature Theater (a very modern space that was greatly juxtaposed the vaudevillian play).
The last time I saw them was 15 years ago in Fool Moon. I was called to go on stage, but out of fright I declined and sent my brother instead, who jumped at the opportunity to get on stage. Well…I am pleased to say that I finally got my time in the spotlight after regretting that decision all these years. I played a cowboy tonight in the second to last sketch they did, in which they used members of the audience to act out a western saloon scene. And even though I died in the scene (I had to collapse on a table and fall down) it was fantastic to feel my heart pound on stage, even if a little scary at the same time.
But even if you don’t get called on stage, this show is worth every minute of your time.