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The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater
Three blocks from 24th & Mission BART 1062 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110
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25 reviews
90 stars
attended May 01 2010

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...continued

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8 reviews
28 stars
attended Mar 06 2011

An absolutely brilliant show. I've seen it twice and plan to return. It's poignant and funny and insightful. Genius at work.

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2 reviews
11 stars
attended Mar 05 2011

This performance has it all--humor, poignancy, the pure joy of movement and expression--everything you want in a fully satisfying cultural experience.

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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!

Don Reed's <em>East 14th</em> <em>Mincing Words</em> <em>Daughter of a Garbageman</em> <em>Summer in Sanctuary</em> <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> Yoshi's Oakland <em>A Thousand Splendid Suns</em>