Clowns, Goddesses & Tough Guys

cabaret & variety · full frontal music · Ages 10+ · family friendly · one person show · United States

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BRYNN SILLYMAN · June 20, 2012
Odd how someone managed to look at everything from all the wrong angles... maybe I'm biased in loving this show because I do know James, and we've helped each other with our shows, and I do get to see all the other facets of this story. It was by no means thrown together- although he did throw the script out- because shows are often more fun just improvised. That way he's able to just speak with us as a real person in the moment and in truth. I have watched James put this show together and I saw all the love that went into it all the way- and since I know that little boy, inside of this grown man, I know the whole story. He didn't complain, he was only sad that such a thing occurred. And he was, I would say, gracious about his domesti... full review

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JACQUETTA SZATHMARI · June 20, 2012
James is an excellent story teller with a serious command of the stage and a kind a of optimism that it heart warming. His stories of using collecting as a way to deal with loss are unique in that it sends the young James on a mission that leads him literally to the door steps of some of tinsel towns most famous denizens. The original songs help to move the story along, but the real star are his stories. I found the show fun and engaging and I wanted to know more about what happened to that fearless little boy on his travails and what the adult James could learn from him. Half way through I forgot I was watching a show and on several occasions almost spoke out to contribute to the conversation. Luckily I had a chance to talk to him at fringe... full review

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DANA MURPHY certified reviewer · June 11, 2012
This show is fun to listen to. James Schneider's stories of knocking on all sorts of celebrities doors as a 12 year old boy to ask for their autographed pictures are sweet and funny and often touching. What is really engaging though is the obvious pain and passion that is bubbling just under the surface in Schneider's telling of these light anecdotes. You really get the sense that these autographs are helping him keep a lot of emotion at bay. That engaging passion was broken a few times, due to some technical issues (Schneider shared with the audience that he had just thrown out the script the week before) but I am sure those kinks will be worked out after previews. All in all, an enjoyable experience!... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 15, 2012
Rambling and unfunny - this show added nothing to my understanding of the human race, let alone celebrity - probably due to its hap hazard structure (the author mentioned that he had just thrown the show together ) the author portrays himself as the kind of individual who disses his wife without supplying a reason and complains about a star who won't get off his deathbed to give him an autograph. The songs are hard to follow; lyrics need honing.... full review

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