August 26 through September 17, 2016
Evocative but empty. This describes the abandoned pair of over-sized, fire engine red clown shoes laying in the middle of the convergence-continuum performance space, as well as the world premiere production of local playwright Christopher Johnston's “Selfies at the Clown Motel” taking place around them.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN review here.
Selfies at the Clown Motel is a difficult play to sit through. It’s lack of focus, purpose, even with several outstanding performances, leaves little to recommend it.
Convergence-Continuum bills itself as theater that opens into unknown territory by breaking down the fourth wall. With its intimate seating (set in some cases inches from the action) you feel more a part of the play than a bystander. At the end of this work you may come to realize that we are all Bozos on this bus.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
"Selfies at the Clown Motel" is the latest in a trio of plays Johnston has written specifically for the small, proudly weird black box theater (previous works are "Spawn of the Petrosexuals" and "APORKALYPSE".)
It's also the third play of Johnston's [Clyde] Simon has directed. "He saves the weird ones for me," says Simon. "And none of them are ever simple. They're always really complicated and hard to stage.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.