Four Clowns presents That Beautiful Laugh

dance & physical theatre · four clowns · Ages 8+ · family friendly · United States

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Review by JEFFREY COLLINS

June 11, 2012 certified reviewer

My overall impression

I love live theater. I enjoy the possibility of audience confrontation and the threat of the evaporation of fourth wall separating performance and a passive audience. That was exactly what I witnessed with The Four Clowns performance of “That Beautiful Laugh” at the Open Fist Theater. I experienced laughter; full blown, unadulterated, reductive, tear inducing laughter, the kind of pure joy I haven’t felt since childhood. I was presented with wonderful performances by all seven clowns, where words lost value, subjugated by action and sound, and beautifully demonstrated was the symbiotic nature of actor and audience, with laughter as regenerative sustenance. Audience and performance became one. For me, “That Beautiful Laugh” is the one that reverberates and endures after the lights go up and you exit the theater and the Four Clowns performance was emblematic of this. Do your soul some good and experience it for yourself. 

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