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Old Hats Offers Something New

Categories: Comedy Shows
Posted: May 6, 2013
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Last night, Old Hats won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatre Experience. The show — a marvel of physical comedy — stars legendary performers Bill Irwin and David Shiner alongside Nellie McKay. Irwin and Shiner play with scale, size and humor. I’ve seen the show more than once, and I am enthralled with the delightful comic situations they create throughout the show, which is essentially a lesson in movement and storytelling. Think the Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello and anyone else who has been able to make you laugh through wild situations.
 

 
And, you’re in luck. The show has been extended many times, and continues for the next month at Signature Theatre in New York. You can get your tickets through June 9th. The Lortels aren’t the only ones singing the show’s praises. It’s a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and the New York Post raved that it is “one of the funniest shows of the past few years.”
 
A lot of stars graced the Lucille Lortel Awards stage last night — Jake Gyllenhaal, Aasif Mandvi, Maura Tierney, Ben Foster, Richard Kind — yet no one will forget the short performance by Old Hats. It was the breakout star of the show.
 
Prepare to laugh and to be transported to another time.



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