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News Last Clown Standing in Vaudeville Troupe Must Finish the Show, at His Peril, in Help! Help! Drew the Dramatic Fool is desperately dramatic in Help! Help! I Know This Title is Long, But Somebody's Trying to Kill Me!, playing Sept. 6, 8 and 10 as part of The NY Clown Theatre Festival in Brooklyn.
Drew Richardson in Help! Help!
Drew Richardson in Help! Help!

Directed by Avner "the Eccentric" Eisenberg, the 60 minute piece follows the showbiz mantra, "the show must go on" — even when a suspicious character has eliminated the entire cast.

According to production notes, "All the performers in a vaudeville variety show have been murdered—except for Drew the Dramatic Fool. Unfortunately for him, the show must go on, or he's next. Drew attempts every act in the show, including juggling 36 balls and sawing a woman in half, in this comical examination of human anxieties, from fear of performing to fear of failure to fear of death. When courage fails, the only answer is dramatic foolishness."

Drew Richardson studied theatre at Ohio University and then with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He made his New York debut in 1985 as part of the 2nd New York International Festival of Clown-Theatre at the Westbeth Theater Center. He currently tours Help! Help! to performing arts centers around the U.S. The Pittsburgh-based Richardson also created a series of one-minute movies, which were shown in multiplexes around the country and reintroduced silent shorts before major motion pictures for the first time in the 21st century. For more information, visit

Director Avner Eisenberg's one-man show, Avner the Eccentric, played the 1984-1985 Broadway season. He also appeared on Broadway in Ghetto and The Comedy of Errors, but he is probably best known for his portrayal of the scene-stealing holy man in the film "The Jewel of the Nile." His new show, Exceptions to Gravity, has toured the U.S. and abroad. For more information visit

Performances play The Brick Theater ( Sept. 6 at at 7 PM; Sept. 8 at 7 PM; Sept. 10 at 2:30 PM. The Brick Theater is at 575 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a block from the Lorimer stop of the L train. All tickets are $10. Tickets available at the door or through at (212) 352-3101 or toll free at (866) 811-4111.


The Brick Theater's presentation of first New York Clown Theatre Festival began Sept. 1 and continues to Sept. 24. It boasts critically acclaimed clown performances from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the United States. Expect 19 Mainstage shows, four cabarets, workshops from the world's master teachers of comedy, free lectures, celebrity panels and more.


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