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Theatre Sun May 08 2011

Review: 500 Clown Trapped

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500 Clown Trapped; Leah Urzendowski, Timothy Heck & Adrian Danzig.
Photo by Johnny Wright.

When people hear the word, "clown," typically, images of red noses, big, floppy shoes and heavy make-up come to mind; however, in 500 Clown Trapped , things are a little different. Here, the clowns don't wear the traditional garb, but improvisation, slapstick and antics are very much part of the show.

Directed by Paolo Coletto and written by Adrian Danzig, 500 Clown Trapped is the story of three clowns Bruce (Danzig), Lily (Leah Urzendowski ) and Stacy (Tim Heck) who, through a series of physical missteps, fall and lose their instruments. They then become physically trapped and take the audience along for the ride as they explore the various emotions and situations that accompany being trapped.

It is billed as a show for all ages, but this is perhaps where things get challenging. Because of the physical comedy, at times, the show was perfect for children; at other times, especially during the non-speaking parts, the performance seemed too theatrical or "serious" for the younger audience members. In addition, the concept of being trapped means different things to different people, especially those from different age groups, and while the performance did explore this, it wasn't always in a "for all ages" kind of way, causing some of the material to have more than likely gone over the kids' heads.

For years, 500 Clown had never performed an "all ages" show before now, so perhaps this explains the unevenness (and the adults seemingly enjoying it more than children); however, the presence, enthusiasm and interaction the clowns had with the audience are certainly not to be denied.

500 Clown Trapped runs through May 21 at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St.; Friday shows are at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and weekday shows are at 10:30am. Tickets are $12-$15 for children; $17-$20 for adults; for more information, call 773-342-4141.

 
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