The wave of mime-hate that swept the nation in the early 2000s has subsided, but mimes and clowns still get a bad rap sometimes. Nobody seems to realize that every actor, no matter how sexy, relies on physical theater techniques is, in other words, part mime. Benjamin Bratt and Javier Bardem, for example, have mentioned a local man, James Donlon, as a teacher whose hallmark system has improved their work. Donlons school, the Flying Actor Studio, is a co-presenter of the International Czech Theater Festival, which spotlights mimes and clowns. Four smallish plays find visiting Czechs emoting with their bodies, whether in the existential-sounding Arctic exploration drama Polaris or the kid-friendly Brick Circk starring master clowner Stevo Capko. We expect audiences to leave thinking mimes and clowns are hecka cool.
Oct. 21-28, 2009