If Penn and Teller were post-modern, these inevitably self-aware practitioners are post-Penn and Teller. They candidly eschew any hint of the phony, a historical hazard for magicians and a shibboleth of the contemporary sensibility. Yet their purposefully affectless manner gradually edges them toward the bland, so that by the end even their most spectacular gags mute to anticlimax.
Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter
With the reinforcement of DelGaudio’s script, spare but effective staging by Harris, Adam Blumenthal’s resonant lighting, and the quirky Nino Rota–like musical score of Pedro Marques, this departure from the traditional theatrical productions that usually inhabit the Geffen’s second space is pleasantly headshaking and highly refreshing.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage
But what separates Nothing to Hide — and DelGaudio and Guimarães — from your run of the mill pick-a-card, any card-type show, is that it feels grown-up – not like a Vegas bit — and also manages to tell a bit of a story about what this pair feels magic means to today’s world.
Laura Herzfeld – Entertainment Weekly
This December, celebrate sleight of hand — and I don’t mean shopping online. “Nothing to Hide,” the new magic show at the Geffen Playhouse featuring Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães is droll, elegant and trim, but then what else would you expect from director Neil Patrick Harris?
Charlotte Stoudt – LA Times
If their showmanship doesn’t quite approach the level of their craft, they’re young yet, but there’s no reason for audiences to wait until the one catches up to the other. One thing can’t be understated: Their sleight-of-hand is, as first-nighters were heard to gasp again and again, amazing.
Bob Verni – Variety
It’s like going to a carnie show, without even the macabre glee that carnie shows used to offer. And yet, under Neil Patrick Harris’ direction, the show flows like silk.
Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly
Describing the specifics of such feats is a pointless enterprise, like trying to translate into language the experience of riding a roller coaster. So I won’t bother, except to note that under Mr. Harris’s direction, these two keep ratcheting up the level of difficulty, even as they employ a naturally modest, self-mocking style that’s nicely in contrast to the brilliance of their illusions.
Charles Isherwood – New York Times
NOTHING TO HIDE
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles
Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, 2012; Friday & Saturday, 8pm and 10:30pm, Sunday 7pm
Tickets: $84-$149; (310) 208-5454
Running time: 60 minutes
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