Fringe Reviews: That Beautiful Laugh

Four Clowns bring their tremendously funny show That Beautiful Laughter to this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Developed with Orlando Pabotoy, directed by Turner Munch, That Beautiful Laughter is the story of an old man who travels from the moon with a group of clowns to overcome cynicism and rediscover joy and curiosity.  But, let’s be honest, the plot of a clown show is totally besides the point.  It’s all about the laughs, and this show is packed with them.

With seven clowns it could turn into a discordant mess as each fight for the stage, but That Beautiful Laughter is well balanced among the clowns, each getting a solo turn in front of the audience.  These are wonderful moments of play and surprise.

Not to be missed is the epic battle between Loretta, a self styled superhero and Peking Duck, a Tae Kwon Do “expert.”  Before it is over, all the clowns are involved in this very inventive and very funny fight.

And while laughs abound, there are also moments of real stage beauty, of real gravitas… which always leads back into laughter.  One of my favorite moments was two clowns on a hilarious speed date while the others sing a sweet version of “It’s A Wonderful World” in a dead on Louis Armstrong impersonation.

That Beautiful Laughter is fun for all ages, which doesn’t mean it’s childish… well… they are clowns… it just means you can take your kids OR you can take your friends and everyone is bound to have a good time.

Opening Friday, June 8 at 8:00 pm at Fringe Central, performances continue through the duration of the Fringe Festival on June 16, 21, and 23 at Fringe Central at Open Fist Theatre. Tickets are $12 for General Admission, $10 for Fringe Participants, and are available for purchase on the Hollywood Fringe website or at fourclowns.org. Fringe Central is located at Open Fist Theatre Company, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. on Theatre Row in Hollywood.

*Photo: Bri Price as ROBECCA and Dave Honigman as TOM. Photo by Mustafa Sayed.

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Larry Pontius About the Author: Larry Pontius is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been seen around the world. His produced stage work includes an Off-Broadway production of Umbrella by Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan; Fallout by Working Man’s Clothes Productions and The Lunar Adventures of Dar and Matey by Stolen Chair Theater, followed up with Dar and Matey’s Christmas SpectaculARGH at the The Brick Theatre in Brooklyn, On The Night of Anthony’s 30th Birthday Party, Again at the Manhattan Theatre Source, On Sunday Morning, by Collaboraction in Chicago; American Autobahnics at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The Connection is Made and Running Out of Time were both ACTF Regional Ten-Minute Play Finalists. Pontius is one of the highest paid TV writers… in Pakistan. He has written three serials, including Qaatil, Pakistan’s first tele-thriller, and most recently Neeyat, a 20 part drama set in New York City, as well as a number of episodes in the anthology series New York Stories. His work also includes multiple television spec pilots. He is the recipient of the Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin where he received an MFA in Playwriting. He also studied at Dell’Arte, The International School of Physical Theater, and received the Nicholas Meyer Scholarship for Playwrighting from the University of Iowa, where he received a BA with Honors. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and The Playwrights Union. @LarryPontius

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  1. SrslyPissedOff says:

    “Not to be missed…” You sitting and watching a live performance. How could you miss part of it?