Marcel + The Art of Laughter

“Two of contemporary theatre's greatest clowns, funny, heartbreaking” - The Guardian

“Jos Houben is so pinpoint accurate with his body, you might imagine laughter dying from dissection.” - The Guardian

“Poignant, Powerful... Recalls Chaplin, The Marx Brothers... Silent comedy that speaks volumes” - Evening Standard

DOUBLE BILL: A PAIR OF COMIC ONE-ACTS

October 27 – November 19, 2017

C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

MARCEL 

Created by and Featuring Jos Houben and Marcello Magni

U.S. PREMIERE

From Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Parisian home of Peter Brook, comes a poignant two-hander about the collision of clowning and mortality. Jos Houben and Marcello Magni, who starred in Samuel Beckett’s Fragments at TFANA, are comic masters and original members of the famed Complicité. In Marcel, which they co-created, they play an aging physical comedian and an inscrutable, clipboard-wielding nemesis mysteriously enjoined to test him with a battery of absurd tasks. Slapstick meets the limits of age and “all ages laugh and recognize their own absurdity in the comic antics.” – The Guardian

THE ART OF LAUGHTER

Created by and Featuring Jos Houben

Production: C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and Compagnie Rima

A comedy about comedy, part performance and masterclass, about what makes audiences laugh. Performing in English, Jos Houben, dissects everyday life – a baby’s first steps, a man falling in a restaurant, the essence of various cheeses – revealing why laughter is at the core of our humanity.  The Guardian calls it a show about “how a body can make people laugh.”

The running time of Marcel + The Art of Laughter is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission between Marcel and The Art of Laughter.