Theater & Performing Arts

Geezer

When: Thursdays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Continues through May 24 2014

It’s difficult to broach the subject of death (even in a theatrical way), seeing as our culture encourages much denial and polite subject changes — and that’s why shows like Geezer, Geoff Hoyle’s fantastic solo show at The Marsh Berkeley, are so necessary. Geezer forces us to confront our mortality at the same time as we are laughing at it. From nursing home sketches to stories about his father’s passing at the relatively early age of sixty to an account of learning to be a “mobile statue” with Etienne Decroux during the revolutionary late Sixties in Paris, Hoyle hops, mimes, and mock-puppets his way through the darker dips of mortality, only to emerge with quips, big laughs, and poignant explorations of enlarged prostates and varicose veins. Both young and old theater-goers should experience Hoyle’s moving and laudable performance.

Anna Pulley

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