Geezer, Geoff Hoyle's One-Man Show at The Marsh
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Amazing physicality! One of the few people who can age thirty years right in front of you. A difficult narrative to execute: ruminations on aging but starting as a baby...blended autobiographical excerpts where Geoff Hoyle plays all the characters.
From wayward artistic circus-like endeavor under a motorway to a meeting of Nursing Home revolutionaries:"what do we want- Morphine, when do we want it-Now!"
The walking standing mime routines and recollections of his Parisian tutelage of Etienne Decroux were hilarious. What was most impressive was Hoyle's chameleon like changing physical appearance as he morphed from one character to another- it's as if he has a rubber face. I was riveted for most of the show.
Come early as the seat are first come first serve and though the theater is less than a hundred seats, Hoyle seemed to play more to the front section where it was easier to see his expressions. Both he and his son Dan Hoyle who is currently selling out " The Real Americans" are well worth the sliding scale tickets.
The Marsh is proud to present a workshop performance of Geoff Hoyle’s new solo show, Geezer. From a hysterical riff on life in a nursing home to The Venerable Bede’s meditations on the meaning of life, from delightful reminisces of his youth in England and young manhood in America to ruminations on ageing and mortality, Hoyle brings his irrepressible sense of comedy and trademark physicality, as well as a certain elegiac wistfulness, to this tour-de-force performance about what it is like to grow old.
Geoff Hoyle trained with Marcel Marceau’s teacher, Etienne Decroux, in Paris, developing his unique physical bravura comic style, a combination of the court jester, vaudeville and English music hall. He made his mark in the Bay Area as the Pickle Family Circus’ beloved clown, Mr. Sniff. Later, he created the critically acclaimed “Feast of Fools,” featuring masked Commedia Dell’Arte characters including the libidinous and elderly Pantalone (Hoyle claims he will no longer need to use a mask for this one,) Il Dottore and the pratt-falling Arleccino. It is a depiction of Everyman striving for dignity in the face of a multitude of struggles, big and small, that is not unlike Hoyle’s own search for meaning in Geezer. His award-winning shows The Convict’s Return (about taking Feast of Fools to Broadway and its mixed reception there,) (Geni(us) and The First Hundred Years (an improbable history of comedy) have been seen in San Francisco, Paris, London, Berlin, Taiwan, New York, England and the former Soviet Union.
Regional theatre appearances include Berkeley and Seattle Repertory Theatres, A.C.T. and La Jolla Playhouse. He was the original Zazu in the Broadway cast of The Lion King and appeared off-Broadway in Bill Irwin’s Mr. Fox and in Tony Kushner’s and Maurice Sendak’s adaptation of the children’s opera Brundibar. His many film appearances include Popeye, during which his son, Dan, was born. Last summer, he performed his fabled three-legged dance in the oldest theatre in Italy, the Teatro della Pergola, built in Florence in1656. Critics have remarked at the sheer joy Hoyle’s character finds in mastering his extra limb!