Great Performances: Season 33, Episode 8

Bill Irwin: Clown Prince (15 Dec. 2004)

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BILL IRWIN, CLOWN PRINCE is part of the Great Performances series which invites the audience into actor, director, choreographer, playwright, and clown Bill Irwin's world while he creates ... See full summary »

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BILL IRWIN, CLOWN PRINCE is part of the Great Performances series which invites the audience into actor, director, choreographer, playwright, and clown Bill Irwin's world while he creates his very unique style of theatre. Included are many excerpts from some of his most innovative, hilarious, and thought provoking work. Heavily featured are excerpts from his season in residence at The Signature Theatre in New York City: "The Regard Evening," "The Harlequin Studies," and "Mr. Fox: A Rumination." Written by Lydia Isaacs

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Marvel at the art of Bill Irwin: Clown Prince
15 August 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Bill Irwin: Clown Prince is a fascinating documentary of Irwin's experiences from graduating from Ringling Bros. Clown School to his first public performance in the Pickle Family Circus to his performance of The Swinger (a mime dance to Peaches and Herb's "Shake Your Grove Thing") to The Regard of Flight (there's a funny segment involving the word "Okay"). There's also a hilarious segment of the short film As Seen on TV (from the TV show Alive from Off Center) that would later get staged as Largely in New York and there are segments of Waiting for Godot in which Irwin just babbles while Steve Martin and Robin Williams try to stop him (By the way, Martin and Williams do a funny switching hat routine that reminds me of Laurel and Hardy). Irwin is proof that silent comedy of the Chaplin/Lloyd/Keaton style is alive and well on the New York stage. Here's hoping someone is watching that may top Irwin some day!


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