The world's most famous mime, Marcel Marceau, currently displaying his silent art at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ American Repertory Theatre, will extend his silence an extra week. The show, which began June 27 and was to end July 23, has been extended through July 30 at the Loeb Drama Center. An A.R.T. spokesperson credited the extension to, "phenomenal ticket demand and a fortuitous opening in [Marceau's] schedule."
Marceau’s last New York appearance (his first since 1995) was a two week run at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in March 1999.
His New York stint, split into two programs, featured the American premiere of The Soliloquy of Three Poor Souls, an early piece: Bip Looks For a Job, a revival of Seven Deadly Sins (last seen in New York in 1964) and the New York premiere of Bip Remembers, a look at growing up in the beginnings of a war-torn century.
For tickets ($40, $35 online at http://www.amrep.org) or more information, call (617) 547-8300.
In November 1998, Marceau received one of France's highest honors, being named a Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit. The award was presented to Marceau by French President Jacques Chirac. -- By David Lefkowitz
and Christine Ehren