Irvine Barclay 3-Show Package: Henson's Comedy Puppet Show, Blues Bros Tribute & Mind-Blowing Circus
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If you can't go to the National Theatre in London, catch one of their productions -- like A Small Family Business -- streaming live to the big screen at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Penned by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval), A Small Family Business premiered at the National Theatre in 1987 and scored the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play. Jack McCracken's a man of principle in a corrupt world ... until he takes over his father-in-law's business. Soon after, a private detective armed with some compromising information approaches him, and Jack's integrity fades away as he discovers there are a few too many thieves and adulterers in his extended family. Learn More
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Performances may not be appropriate for children under age 6. Parents are advised to use discretion.
Three very different events give you three opportunities to enjoy the best in entertainment in the new year.
*_*Stuffed and Unstrung*_
Choose from December 28 or 29
Stuffed and Unstrung
Created by Brian Henson & Patrick Bristow
Be forewarned! They may look like cuddly little muppets wonderfully crafted by the Henson Workshop, but they have a wicked sense of humor.
No two performances are alike. Host Patrick Bristow and six superb comedian/puppeteers improvise on suggestions from the audience to create a one-of-a-kind show that can be enjoyed two different ways. Watch the action onstage, or view the live puppet feed projected on screens overhead. It’s double the fun. Each show also features recreations of a couple of Jim Henson classics that first aired on the _Ed Sullivan Show _and launched the Henson phenomenon.
Stuffed and Unstrung contains adult content, and audience members younger than 18 will not be admitted.
“It’s impossible to do anything but laugh! Grade: A!” —Entertainment Weekly
Choose from April 4 & 5, 2012
The Smash-Hit Musical From London’s East End
It’s a musical, sort of. But, it’s really a wall-to-wall, song-after-song entertainment extravaganza of Blues Brothers-era hits including “Think,” “Respect,” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” Jake and Elwood, the beautiful Bluettes and a sizzling hot band literally fill up the stage and hall with the infectious sound of soul and R&B.
The original Blues Brothers tribute band started in an English pub in 1991. Producers who were fans of the characters created by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd brought the band to the stage in a rapturous run in London’s West End. The production evolved, has toured for years in Europe and Asia and now, at last, appears in the U.S.
From the moment Jake and Elwood “descend” on stage to the stand-up finale, the Blues Brothers are “on a mission” to entertain.
“A rip-roaring, foot stomping boogie.” —Daily Mail
The Seven Fingers: P-S-Y*
Choose from May 9 & 10, 2012
A West Coast Premier
From Montreal, The 7 Fingers is Canada’s latest rising star in the cirque world. Their show, Traces, is already an international hit. And P-S-Y, their fifth show, is on its way. Just check out the reviews from their summer run in Boston. The ten-year-old company’s name in French (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) refers to the company’s seven founders, and is a twist on an idiom about disparate elements working together like fingers of a hand.
“Most dreams last only five to 20 minutes,” a voice intones in the opening moments of_ P-S-Y_, a whimsical and whirlwind subconscious journey through the human psyche. This one lasts nearly two hours and according to the Boston Globe is “…a transfixing circus spectacle that boggles both the mind and eye…” The Boston Examiner agrees, “The performance delved into the human psyche with a combination of physically demanding circus arts, graceful choreography, and stunning theatrics. After seeing P-S-Y, I believe the show’s tagline ‘Mind-Blowing Circus’ is a fairly accurate description.”