Old Hats

Old Hats NYC Reviews and Tickets

(205 Ratings)
Members say
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious

About the Show

Signature Theatre revives its hit multimedia clown show featuring Bill Irwin and David Shiner.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (205)

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127 Reviews | 24 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you want to see clowning at its best. Two of the best clowns ever at the top of their game.

Don't see it if You are expecting a show with a plot.

96 Reviews | 32 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like clowning at its best! Fun audience participation!

Don't see it if U dont like slapstick. This humor is not everyone's cup of tea!

219 Reviews | 88 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Masterful, Must see

See it if you appreciate incredible movement and humor. The between skit music by Shaina Taub was also beautiful and funny. Bill & David are masters!

Don't see it if You want something with a continuous plot. You don't like traditional or modern clowning.

66 Reviews | 36 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you are up for something different and fun; if you like improv/classic clowning, or if you like a great, eclectic female singer & cool band.

Don't see it if You want a story. You don't like silliness. You don't like fun. You want a huge production.

124 Reviews | 29 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You love comedy, laughing, slapstick and having a great time.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick comedy and clowns

146 Reviews | 36 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Hilarious, Funny

See it if You want to laugh and see 2 of the greatest physical comedians. Also great singer and band.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy funny people

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Refreshing

See it if you want to laugh!

Don't see it if you hate life!

61 Reviews | 53 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy physical humor melded with new media. If you like traditional physical humor and vaudeville and clever lyrics.

Don't see it if You need to have a storyline or walk out of the show humming the most hummable tune. This was a great alternative to the usual shows.

Critic Reviews (38)

The New York Times
February 18th, 2016

"The boys are back in town, with a new accompanist who gives their mild shenanigans an unexpected edge...These skilled clowns know that chaos and comedy are cousins. A delightful and manic audience-participation sketch recreating the filming of a movie western lifts everyone’s spirits before it’s time to go home."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 18th, 2016

"'Old Hats' is itself a retread; a slightly different version played a sold-out run at the Signature in 2013. The sketches are mostly unchanged, except to the extent that they are automatically altered by the serendipity of audience participation, of which there’s a lot...Even when the material is unaltered it’s still welcome, putting the sweet-and-sour pairing of Irwin and Shiner to excellent use both separately and together."
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February 18th, 2016

"Most of the routines will be familiar to those who have seen earlier iterations the show, whose highlights are some audience-participation shenanigans and the big fine, in which several folks are put into the service of filming a silent Western. The only thing assured is the sound of laughter."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 18th, 2016

"First, an admission: I hate clowns. But I'll happily make an exception for Bill Irwin and David Shiner, currently reprising their show 'Old Hats.' Even the routines you might have seen before — whether in their solo performances; their previous collaboration, Fool Moon; or this production, first seen in 2013 — are bursting with comic freshness and vitality, belying the fact that both men are in their sixties."
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Entertainment Weekly
February 18th, 2016

"Bill Irwin and David Shiner have been clowning around for so long, you’d think their shtick in 'Old Hats' would be more, well, old hat. But the rubber-limbed clowns (seriously, do they have any joints at all?) are as irresistible as ever."
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February 18th, 2016

"Clowning may be 'old hat' for Irwin and Shiner — two masters of physical comedy — but they're pros at dusting off their old tricks and making them shine like new...Even if sight gags and magic acts leave you cold, you can't help but join the celebration of this onstage camaraderie that cheers the theatrical traditions this duo is silently keeping alive."
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February 21st, 2016

"Directed by Tina Landau, the return engagement of Irwin and Shiner's 2013 Signature hit, 'Old Hats,' is a fascinating display of an art form that retains its newness in the hands of masters who mix classic bits with modern wordless observations...Family friendly entertainment is rarely this hip...Singer/songwriter Shaina Taub and her band entertain between routines, showcasing flippantly fun lyrics and melodies that she sings with dark cheeriness."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 18th, 2016

"There's something illuminating and inspiring about witnessing a master decades into his career ply his craft as though he were fresh on the boards. And when it's good, it doesn't matter if it's familiar. So even though Irwin, Shiner, and Landau were just here three years ago, when 'Old Hats' made its New York premiere in the same theater, there's a good reason for this revival: They've improved both it and themselves."
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