Thursday, April 21, 2011

"Ghetto Klown"

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On Tuesday night, a darling friend and I attending a showing of John Leguizamo's new one-man play, "Ghetto Klown" and I have to tell you - this show is worth seeing. I have been a fan of Leguizamo in only 2 of his "known" movies - namely "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet", and "Moulin Rouge" - and this was the first of his many shows that I'd been privileged to see. Now, oh how I wish there were a way to see the old plays!
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"Ghetto Klown" is apparently the most autobiographical of Leguizamo's impressive list of showcase pieces, and it was endearing to learn a bit about him. As my knowledge was non-existent prior to the show, and I never particularly followed the actor's career, it was almost welcoming to be privy to the same anecdotes and admissions as audience members who surely knew Leguizamo's career inside and out. This is a truly funny man, outside of being a truly incredible actor. Well-trained to boot, he studied with Lee Strasberg, the mentor of such greats as Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean. Burdened with an unfortunate youth, he strove to prove to himself as much as his parents all that he could be and accomplish. I think we can all agree he succeeded.
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This production is as funny as it is touching, the enthusiasm and excitement that was brought to the stage by this single actor and writer was invigorating, and the audience loved it. You feel a respect from Leguizamo that surely equals the respect his audiences sends up to him night after night.In the beginning of the show Leguizamo pauses and asks if we can all feel "the vibe." The fact of the matter is, we can. This is as strong a show as Leguizamo is an actor, and it is not to be missed.

"Ghetto Klown" plays at the Lyceum Theater, located at 149 West 45th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). You can purchase tickets by calling the box office or by clicking here.

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