Theatre for a New Audience presents this double bill of comic one acts. 'Marcel': a poignant two-hander about the collision of clowning and mortality, and 'The Art of Laughter': a comedy about comedy. More…
'Marcel': From Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Parisian home of Peter Brook, comes this story of an aging physical comedian and an inscrutable, clipboard-wielding nemesis mysteriously enjoined to test him with a battery of absurd tasks. In 'Marcel' slapstick meets the limits of age.
'The Art of Laughter': Jos Houben dissects everyday life – a baby’s first steps, a man falling in a restaurant, the essence of various cheeses – revealing why laughter is at the core of our humanity. Part performance and part masterclass, 'The Art of Laughter' is about comedy at its most fundamental--what makes audiences laugh.
See it if You want to see a masterclass in physical comedy then get a very funny lesson about how it’s done. Delightful and clever. Talented players.
Don't see it if You don’t like slapstick or physical comedy or would prefer to see a play or musical. This is neither.
See it if Marcel: aging performer tries to pass an existential test about nothing. Art of L: how loss of dignity underlies humor. Wonderful stuff.
Don't see it if You are not interested in physical humor plus some underlying pathos and meaning.
See it if you enjoy a show of comedy that is intelligent as well. The second act very different from first, a master class about the art of comedy
Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedy of any kind.
See it if You like to laugh and want to see two Master craftsmen show you how it is done. One is an amazing clown act, the other is a master class.
Don't see it if You don't like to laugh, don't like shows that don't necessarily have an understandable ending, or don't enjoy the breaking of the 4th wall
See it if mastery of the audience laugh mechanism, gentle human comedy, classic mime & clowning can hold your interest for 2 hours
Don't see it if physical comedy. non-verbal storytelling, European clowns, class on why we laugh, are not appealing to you
See it if You like physical comedy and clowning as a theatrical art by Two wonderful performers.
Don't see it if You want a regular stage play. This is totally different. But if you wanna laugh hard and loud give it a chance.
See it if 2 masters at point of perfection in comedy with ingenuity and timing that has the audience roaring with laughter
Don't see it if Slapstick is not your thing
See it if You're up for two short comic pieces:a short silent physical comedy, and a lecture/demo of how & why human beings are hard-wired to laugh.
Don't see it if You're expecting plot or dialogue; both are minimal.
See it if masterly comedic performances of mime, sight gags and the like appeal. Tip: come in a good, generous mood! 2d act best at drawing you in.
Don't see it if you're expecting plot or dialogue of any kind; need trappings of set design & costumes to gaze at; physical comedy & ensuing laughs vex you.
See it if you like agile physical comedy (i.e.Bill Irwin, David Shiner); sweet & poignant performance pieces on the theme of aging
Don't see it if you want an actual play (this is a performance) & have no interest in the 'Ted-talk"-like 2nd act that explains the discipline of this show
See it if you would like to stretch your appreciation for physical comedy, learn a little about how it works technically, and laugh a lot as well!
Don't see it if you dislike physical comedy and have no desire to change.
See it if You like mime and slapstick comedy it is literally a masterclass
Don't see it if You crave intellectual depth and thought provoking drama. This is a “how to“performance on stagecraft
See it if you'd like an imaginative twist on classic European clowning, in a duet and a somewhat related lecture-demo style solo
Don't see it if physical comedy or silent clowning is not your thing; the masterful technique is the attraction here, not novel humor
See it if you enjoy warm exhibitions of exquisite clowning skills from a pair of middle-aged male experts, seen mostly in solo turns.
Don't see it if you hate mime, want to be dazzled by production elements, a story, or skills you haven’t seen before.
See it if you delight in truly splendid physical comedy and want to experience a true masterclass in the art of humor
Don't see it if you're already tired of the usual gags & don't want to watch a man impersonate cheese for the purpose of expounding on an intellectual point
See it if You are a fan of Clowning. You want to Laugh like crazy while also getting a little existential.
Don't see it if You do not like comedies. You need strong plots to interest you.
See it if you enjoy really well-done pantomime. Marcel, the first one-act is clever and delightful.
Don't see it if Second one-act, The Art of Laughter, is a primer on how to laugh and how to get audiences to laugh. It's engaging and enjoyable.
See it if you like physical comedy/clowning or buffoonery (Act 1). You like master classes, specifically on what makes people laugh (Act 2).
Don't see it if you don't like the things mentioned above. Very possible you will love one act & dislike the other, they are so different.
See it if You love physical comedy elevated above slapstick and done with intelligence
Don't see it if You only like theater with a linear plot line or really dislike physical comedy
See it if Enjoy seeing (Act 1) and learning about (Act 2) clowning/physical humor.
Don't see it if You're expecting hilarity -- it's funny but not more. Both acts, esp 2nd, could use some editing.
See it if you like physical comedy, and/or are interested in laughter theory, and/or are an open-minded theatergoer.
Don't see it if you're looking for something traditional with a plot. This is a unique evening in the theatre.
See it if you appreciate effortless physical acting and flawless professionalism. Houben and Magni are magnificent.
Don't see it if you have no interest in acting techniques, movement, commedia dell'arte, the relationship of bodies in space.
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