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Old Hats

From 205 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious

About the show

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

After an extended sold out run in 2013, Bill Irwin and David Shiner's award-winning, critically acclaimed production of 'Old Hats' returns to the Signature Theatre. This production reunites the clowns with original director Tina Landau and introduces their new songstress and comic foil Shaina Taub. Using music, technology and movement, Irwin and Shiner combine their inimitable magic and slapstick to create an unforgettable outing that's fun for the whole family.

Member Reviews (205)


Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious
Avg Score

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh. You'll leave feeling better about the world. The men are masterful and Shaina Taub more than keeps up with up them!

Don't see it if you've forgotten how to laugh...although this show might remind you!

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you want a good night of laughter. Hilarious, old-timey show. Slapstick and silly.

Don't see it if You like deep jokes and a rich story. Know what you are getting into when you go see it.

Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing

See it if I think everyone would like this show! It is great for kids, parents, dates, intellectuals, music aficionados.

Don't see it if If you do not have a sense of humor!

Indulgent, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You like these actors and/or old fashioned clowns and vaudeville style entertainment.

Don't see it if You don't like old style vaudeville or clowns. I guess I don't. To me this was not compelling.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy the art of clowning, and want to see it done by masters.

Don't see it if You're really not interested in physical comedy.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to see two masters of their work live & in person. Funny, talented, laugh-out-loud skits.

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Quiet

See it if You like an evening of leisurely vaudeville clowning with a hip band jazzing up the scene shifts

Don't see it if You need plot and words to move your night along

Delightful, Original, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like clowning, great music and audience participation. These are two pros who know how to charm an audience within this genre.

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound message or if you don't like slapstick. Don't sit in the front if you don't want to be part of the action.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy serio comic mime done by two talented performers

Don't see it if you are a Luddite

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you want a night filled with laughter and comedy gold. It's fun, has great music by Shaina Taub, and you'll leave smiling.

Don't see it if clowning or audience participation aren't for you. It's a funny, silly show, but you have to be in the mood for it.

Clever, Some skits are better than others, Funny

See it if you like to laugh.

Don't see it if you don't like sketch comedy.

Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Bill irwin!!!, Intelligent

See it if I love Bill Irwin. He is irresistible, funny, clever, gentle, intelligent, with a body of rubber! The music is also wonderful. See it.

Don't see it if You need a really appreciation of imagination to enjoy this show. You have to meet the performers halfway and go with the fun.

Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want to see true clowning done right.

Don't see it if You're expecting modern comedy.

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if What a great a show with amazing talent. Totally worth seeing!

Don't see it if Circus-y theatrics bore you.

Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a vaudeville-style show. I generally do not, but this gave me a few good laughs. I felt like I was in a comedy club.

Don't see it if You are seeking a serious play with a theme, or do not enjoy physical comedy.


See it if This was the second time I saw the show. I enjoyed the music and some of the audience participation, but liked it better the first time.

Don't see it if You don't like comic routines.

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Must see

See it if you've never seen Bill Irwin do what he does best! 90 minutes of joy and silliness. Don't miss it!

Don't see it if you hate having a good time and laughing yourself silly.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you like old vaudeville or corny jokes, but very fully funny.

Don't see it if You don't like clown shows.

Old timey and fun

See it if You are in the mood for a vaudeville type show that is slap-stick and almost entirely silent clowning. The cast and band are entertaining!

Don't see it if If silly is not your thing..I think if you are in the right mind-set this is a fun and unique show. A nice change from the same old formats

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.

Sweet, Funny, Great acting, Adorable, Twee

See it if You love clowns, are a fan of Bill Irwin or like a light, frothy night at the theater.

Don't see it if You prefer plot-driven theater will real backbone. This encompasses a series of lovely, sweet vignettes - but does not really tell a story.

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you're in the mood for hilarious physical comedy and clever music. The guys were great and I loved Shaina Taub's fantastic music.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show where you can sit grumpily for two hours. That's pretty much impossible here.

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Clever

See it if You love clowns and adore the brilliance of Irwin and Shiner. I missed this the first time and am thrilled to catch it now. Genuises!

Don't see it if You don't like vaudeville, sketches or need a traditional play.

Cute, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you want a delightful, joyful evening of old-school cabaret and clowning with fantastic tech.

Don't see it if Individual scenes have some plot, but it's not a play. The clowning isn't constant; it is also 1/3 cabaret.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of physical comedy that borrows from commedia dell' arte (props over scenery); and if you love inspired clowning by Bill Irwin

Don't see it if largely non-verbal comedy bores or irritates you, or you're not a fan of Chaplinesque short bits or don't especially like physical comedy.

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...
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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 i...
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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...
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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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