Beginning Feb. 24, D.C.'s Kennedy Center will be host to the New Vaudeville clowning styles of David Shiner and Bill Irwin with their nation-wide hit, Fool Moon, playing through March 28. On Jan. 3, Moon completed the production's third Broadway engagement. The show features the music of the Red Clay Ramblers, and consists of a series of sketches and stunts featuring two masters of physical lunacy in an evening of sly humor, chaos and music. In the show, Irwin plays his sweetly mischievous persona off Shiner's more astringent one. Some of their routines incorporate music by the Ramblers, who also perform solo during the show.
Irwin, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" Grant, developed his silent clown persona in such shows as The Regard of Flight. He directed and starred in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere's Scapin for Roundabout Theatre Company, co-starred in Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center, and recently directed A Flea in Her Ear, also for Roundabout.
Fool Moon plays at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, Feb. 24-March 28. For tickets ($20 - $59), call (800) 444-1324.