On the Nose
Directed by Elena Day
Tobo Productions and One The Nose Productions
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival – Green Venue
I was pleasantly surprised by this nice little lecture on the history of clowning. Mark Jaster appears The Professor and Sabrina Mandell is Miss Poppy Cox. They have some trouble setting up a slide screen, it’s the sort of problem Buster Keaton or Lucille Ball would have with technology. Once we get rolling, they explain clowning though example and some short films feature famous clowns (none of whom I recognized, that’s how clown unaware I am). We learn the nose is the “the smallest mask possible” and that clowning is all about working with and through masks. More fun facts – Krusty the Klown is really a meta-clown, a representation or parody of a real clown, and the fear of clowns “Coulrophobia” became very common after clowns started appearing in horror movies in the 1980′s. The Professor and Miss Cox are cozy and engaging, they don’t really make you take a test, and you can wad up your program and throw it at them. What fun!
This show is part of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Tickets and other information may be found at http:\\www.OrlandoFringe.org