Directed by Margarita Jimeno. This delightful documentary shares the love of clown from the perspective of Clowns! Slava Polunin(Snow Show), David Shiner(Old Hats), Joel Jeske(Big Apple Circus), and Brent Mcbeth(Big Apple Circus) discuss clowning with wonderful footage of their performances. Help American Theatre Wing with a donation! Make films like this possible. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~     Continue reading...

Mike's Talent Show @The Bottom Line I have been combing thru my 'archives'  lately and found these wonderful shots I took of Ethyl Eichelberger. She was one of the many performers featured at "Mike's Talent Show" at The Bottom Line.  (For more information on Ethyl Eichelberger and The Bottom Line click the links provided) Also featured (amongst many others) was author Richard Price who read from his new book.   Ethyl Eichelberger performing at Mike's Talent Show at The Bottom Line. Richard Continue reading...

(Originally published at WLRN.org on Feb 8th, 2017) This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the end of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has a long rich history and a colorful past full of performers who worked under the big top, like retired showman Ward Hall. Ward Hall was a sideshow manager with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus before the proliferation of household televisions. "Some people call me 'the King of the Sideshows'," Hall said. Like Continue reading...

The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway CAFFE CINO “It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers of such stage mainstays as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Robert Heide, Harry Koutoukas, Robert Patrick, Robert Dahdah, Helen Hanft, Al Pacino, and Bernadette Peters. As Off-Off-Broadway productions enjoy a deserved resurgence, Continue reading...

THE BINDLESTIFF OPEN STAGE VARIETY REVUE Hosting the evening's entertainment was 'Magic Brian'. First up was the 'Amazing HouDino' performing a wonderful card trick with his father Magic Brian. HouDino carefully selected a card as audience volunteer looks on. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Penelope the Clown carried a cinder block on stage. WOW..must have been heavy. Albert Kirchner does some funny standup material. Ellia Bisker and Adam Kuchler  perform a lovely duet with uke and bells. The Flying Luango Brothers Continue reading...

"Girls Will be Boys" by Laura Horak Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with the cinematic cross-dressing they performed onscreen. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the 1930s actually came at the tail end of a long wave of gender-bending films that included more than 400 movies featuring women dressed as men. Laura Horak spent a decade scouring film archives worldwide, looking at American films Continue reading...

Notes on a Cowardly Lion by John Lahr Back Cover First published in 1969, Notes on a Cowardly Lion has established itself as one of the best-ever show business biographies. Drawing on his father's recollections and on the memories of those who worked with him, John Lahr brilliantly examines the history of modern American show business through the long and glorious career of his father--the raucous low-comic star of burlesque, vaudeville, the Broadway revue and musical, Hollywood movies, and Continue reading...

Smith & Dale My Treasured 'Signed photograph'  from Joe Smith. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I met Joe Smith (Feb. 16, 1884 - Feb 22, 1981) at "The Conference on Popular Entertainment." (1978) a convention produced at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center. Each day was devoted to a unique form of Popular Entertainment. Tent Shows, Burlesque, Vaudeville, etc. I attended the Conference every day but was especially interested in Vaudeville since I was a big fan of Joe Smith and his long-time partner Continue reading...

THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOLS I have always had a respect for the traditional theater style "Commedia dell Arte". From photographing Carlo Mazzone-Clementi in 1982, 'The Metaphysical Mask Improv' workshop taught by Mask Arts Company in 2011,  interviewing Christopher Bayes in 2013 and then Carlos Garcia Estevez in 2016. Many people embrace this ancient theater art form. Here is an interview with teacher/performer Matthew Gregory and Silvia Morigi.  Together they talk about "The Department of Fools" Continue reading...