Ghoulish comic magicians Penn and Teller, who haven’t played in New York for years, return to Manhattan for eight performances, June 6-11, at the Beacon Theatre. The comedic duo have toured numerous cities -- including Los Angeles and Las Vegas -- but nothing came of the 1997 rumors that their latest act would be Broadway bound.
Instead, the comedic duo will be further uptown serving up hearty portions of their own special brand of offbeat practical jokes and onstage "miracles." Expect “all new stuff for New York City,” said publicist Ken “Krasher” Lewis. That would include bunny rabbits in shredders (the New York Times ad for the show warns “lock up your bunnies”) catching broken liquor bottles and bullets caught in the teeth.
The pair, who have performed three major NY engagements both on and Off-Broadway (including Penn & Teller: The Refrigerator Tour and Penn & Teller Rot in Hell), play evil magicians "Paine" and "Terrore" on the Steven Spielberg CD-ROM "Director's Chair." In addition, they have won an Emmy for the PBS special, "Penn & Teller Go Public," and host a weekly cable television series.
For tickets and information on Penn & Teller at the Beacon Theatre call (212) 307-7171.
-- By David Lefkowitz