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Amuse Bouche: A NY Clown Theatre Festival

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by Joann Jovinelly (subscribe)
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The Brick, Brooklyn's answer to experimental theater, has more than a few laughs in store for the month of September. All month long it is proud to present some of New York's funniest actors in its second-annual Amuse Bouche: A New York Clown Theatre Festival. And it brings it all home on a budget. Tickets for all nine main-stage shows are only $15 each.

Among our favorite performances is the Clown Cabaret, which features tons of physical comedy antics and is hosted by Crabtree & Honeywell. This is variety entertainment at its best, designed to leave you in a state of side-splitting hysterics. Expect acrobatic heights, comedic flights, and even a few short films in between acts. Next performance: September 21.

Learn death-defying acts of sabotage in TiVo la Resistance! a hysterical comic ride that features actors Chris Arruda, Sandi Carroll, and Brad Fraizer who just returned from the United Kingdom where they were performing Schaden, Freude and You. Fasten your seat belts for some old-school comedy, vaudeville style. Next performances: September 17 and 18.

Next up, clown and physical comedian Joel Jeske takes over the Brick stage for his first Amuse Bouche show, I Have Never Done This Before, A Clown Experiment of High Risk and Humiliation. Jeske is a first-rate funny man with as many facial expressions in his box o' tricks as Lucille Ball had in her prime. Audiences are taken on a strange and powerful journey that will perhaps land them on stage as well. Next performances: September 22 and 23.

Big Apple Circus funny man Mark Gindick stars in Wing-Man, a one-man solo piece that is part comedy, part tragedy. Take this unique journey through the eyes of one man on his search for true love without breathing a word. If you miss it now, Gindick is revising the show in November as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival. Next performances: September 24 and 25.

Closing this year's festival is the show Neon Lights starring Chris Manley ("Buttons") and Jeff Seal, both physical comedians who have performed on David Letterman and Comedy Central and who co-wrote and starred in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir. Expect plenty of laughter, celebrity impressions, and old-fashion comedic fun. Next performances: September 24 and 25.

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Why? Because laughter triumphs anything.
When: Now through September 25
Where: The Brick Theatre, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Cost: $15
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