By Robert Simonson
and Kenneth Jones
02 Nov 1998
Fool Moon, the acclaimed evening of New Vaudeville clowning, has brought Bill Irwin, David Shiner and the Red Clay Ramblers to Broadway twice before. Now they're back for a third go-around. The show begins previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Nov. 17, for a Nov. 22 opening. The limited run will last until Jan. 3, 1999.
Fool Moon recently played a pre-Broadway engagement at Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre, Oct. 14 to Nov. 1. The show's previous booking was at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, Sept. 3-Oct. 11.
Broadway production spokesperson Jackie Green said the production will be substantially similar to the 1993 and 1995 incarnations: a series of sketches and stunts "featuring two grandmasters 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 Red Clay 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 debuted on Broadway Feb. 25, 1993 for 207 performances and returned for a limited 80-show holiday engagement, Oct. 29, 1995.