Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Clowning around

The Brick Theater, Inc. presents Amuse Bouche: A NY Clown Theatre Festival Hors D’oeuvre with performances on a repertory schedule, September 4-27 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg.

The Brick is presenting five clown theatre originals including Happy Hour presents And It Feels So Good! New York’s premiere physical comedy trio Happy Hour is comprised of Mark Gindick (Big Apple Circus), Ambrose Martos (Cirque du Soleil) and Matthew Morgan (Ringling Bros.). They transcend formulaic circus comedy to create an evening of theater that is remarkably genuine, occasionally absurd, definitely sweaty and wildly funny. They are performing September 23–26 at 8 p.m. and September 27 at 3 p.m.

Harrington & Kauffman presents Cabaret Terrarium starring Richard Harrington and Chris Kauffman. In this epic comedy of amnesia and redemption, watch Belgian cabaret singer Gustave and his silent assistant Nhar travel the world in search of clues about Gustave’s family and his own shadowy past. Shows are September 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and September 20 at 3 p.m.

Aimee German and Jennifer Sargent present Canarsie Suite: At the Edge of Vaudeville. As the Vaudeville era closes, the illustrious LeRoy Sister-Act unravels at the seams. A “hilarious” (ThreeWeeks), tawdry carnival of dance, song, knife throwing, acrobatic gorillas, and High Melodrama based on 1910 Vaudeville scripts that swings and stomps along the edge of farce and drama. Shows are September 4 & 5 at 8 p.m. and September 11 & 12 at 10 p.m.

Ten Directions presents Icetacles: The Last Chance of a Lifetime as Ice Castles, The Cutting Edge and Rocky collide on skates. When a has-been coach brings two sightless skaters together to win the big competition we learn that sometimes the one you love is the person you hate the most and winning is all that really matters. Performances are September 8, 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.

Logic Limited, Ltd. Presents Schaden, Freude And You: A 3 Clown Seminar directed by Jane Nichols and featuring Chris Arruda, Brad Fraizer and David Graham Jones. Join them for the self-help seminar that’s guaranteed to self-destruct on September 11 & 12 at 8 p.m. and September 18 & 19 at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $15, are available at or through Theatermania (212-352-3101).

The Brick Theater is between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street. Also, call about varying family and age suitability of the shows, 718-907-6189.


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