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Bill Irwin: Clown Prince 

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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Mark Mannucci
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Episode credited cast:
Barry Edelstein Barry Edelstein
James B. Freydberg James B. Freydberg
John Guare
Mel Gussow Mel Gussow
Geoff Hoyle Geoff Hoyle ... Self
Bill Irwin ... Self
Steve Martin ... Self
Michael O'Connor Michael O'Connor
Michael O'Connor Michael O'Connor ... Self
Richard Schickel ... Self
David Shiner David Shiner ... Self
Doug Skinner Doug Skinner ... Self
Julie Taymor ... Self
Robin Williams ... Self
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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 tavmSee 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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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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KQED, Thirteen / WNET See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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