Fool Moon's David Shiner will revisit his past clowning and create some new comedy in his latest piece, David Shiner in the Round, premiering Nov. 1-23 at Seattle's ACT Theatre. The solo show also features new songs written and performed by Bat Boy composer-lyricist Laurence O'Keefe.
A Tony winner for Fool Moon, which he performed three times on Broadway with The Goat's Bill Irwin, Shiner last appeared on the Great White Way as the original Cat in the Hat in the bumpy Seussical (his voice is preserved on the original cast album). He performs at ACT through a grant from the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, which will also allow him to create a new work for the theatre for a 2003 mainstage bow.
O'Keefe garnered his first New York attention for the tongue-in-cheek musical comedy, Bat Boy, based on the Weekly World News' "reporting" of the discovery of a mysterious half-human, half-bat child. He is well known in Los Angeles where both Bat Boy and Euphoria were dubbed L.A. Weekly Awards' Musical of the Year and The Mice, his third of the three one-act musical, 3hree, played the Ahmanson Theatre. Playwright and bookwriter Alfred Uhry (Parade, The Robber Bridegroom) told Playbill On-Line Oct. 11 that he is currently at work on a comic musical with O'Keefe, featuring lyrics by O'Keefe's wife, Nell Benjamin (The Mice).
There will be a Pay-What-You-Will preview Oct. 31. After that, tickets are $24.50-$29.50. The Allen at ACT is located at the corner of 7th Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle. For reservations, call (206) 292-7670. ACT Theatre is on the web at http://www.acttheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren