Center Theatre Group - L.A.'s Theatre Company
Sept 17 - Nov 3, 2013
Mark Taper Forumat the Music Center downtown Los Angeles
135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Directions and Parking
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CTG Show Guide for Parents
“‘This is a show about clowning, and I’m the straight man,’ says actor Lorenzo Pisoni early on in Humor Abuse, currently sending Mark Taper Forum audiences skyward with the velocity of a helium balloon. He pauses, then adds, ‘Seriously.’ Pisoni is only being honest, albeit self-effacing, and thus begins a rapturous 90 minutes that sail past like cascading juggling pins. By keeping its knee-slapping, gasp-inducing and heart-tugging elements in quietly accelerating balance, this Obie-winning solo piece about growing up with the Pickle Family Circus lands an uproarious, astounding and affecting tour de force.” –David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times | Read the full review.
Life lessons fly fast and funny for Lorenzo Pisoni when he joins the family business – San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus – at the age of six, earning his clown college stripes (and polka dots) through on-the-job training with his exacting father as his role model, guru and comic foil.
In his autobiographical Humor Abuse, Pisoni is a one-man whirlwind: spinning stories like plates and performing side-splitting physical feats with aplomb, mixing heart and humor in a tenderly rendered homage to the consummate performer, parent and perfectionist who taught him everything he needed to fill some very big shoes.
Learn more about the Humor Abuse documentary Kickstarter campaign.