For a group of physical comedians like the New York Goofs, the story of Frank "Silvers" Oakley holds special significance. Considered the greatest American circus clown of the early 20th century, Oakley lost his job with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey's when 25 inexperienced buffoons were brought in to replace his highly-trained solo act, altering the U.S. concept of circus clowning forever. In Noses Off [sic], workshopping at the Flea Theatre Feb. 3-6, the Goofs use clowning to tell the darkly-comedic story of Oakley's -- and clowning's -- loss. The Goofs, led by former director of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College Dick Monday, have created, in the last five years, the revues "Serious Comedy" and "The Goof Family Christmas Special." Their "Goofballs" enjoyed a successful run at the Flea in the summer of 1999.
Tickets are $12 and are available by calling (212) 226-0051. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street.
-- By Christine Ehren