Ionesco meets Beckett in this delightfully enigmatic comedy inspired by a 1970 Federico
Fellini film. It’s at an open-call theatre
audition – or is it - where three former circus stars are vying for
a job. Time has passed but memories of the
glory days still throb in their hearts. They had performed together many years before
and now, taken back in time, their circus act comes to life. These three
marvelous performers transform from decrepit oldsters to their youthful past
selves but rivalry, that old show-biz demon, humorously arises and causes
Alan Abelew as Niccolo is cleverly devious but sadly vulnerable;
Jose A. Garcia as Filippo is a delightful nag but has a tender heart beneath,
and Beth Hogan as Peppino, the classic actress, hilariously takes one-up-man-ship
to a new level. All are superbly clownish performers who personify the hidden
heartbreak under greasepaint and funny red noses. The ending is wonderfully
ambiguous and hardly what was expected. Or was it? Go and see for yourself.
By Romanian-French playwright Matei Vişniec, translated by Jeremy Lawrence, and directed by Romanian-born Florinel Fatulescu.
Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda
Blvd, West LA.
477-2055or OdysseyTheatre.com. Photos by Enci.
Also featured in the October issue
of Not Born Yesterday.