If you are a fan of the art of clowning, here is a chance to see this unique art. If you are inexperienced in this segment of the arts, here is your chance to be enlightened.
4 Clowns is conceived and directed by Jeremy Aluma. The show consists of stories, skits, improv and interplay with the audience and features versions of a sad, angry, nervous and mischievous clowns: the four clown archetypes. As they get together to reminisce their past they discover that laughter is often most earnest as a best medicine when one reflects on sorrows as they tell their stories from childhood to adulthood. The show is mature, so it is not for the kids.
The cast features Alexis Jones, Kevin Klein, Amir Levi and Quincy Newton who are all versatile, distinctive and eye-catching. Musical director Ellen Warkentine, who peppers the production with music and sounds from several instruments, strikes just the right chord.
4 Clowns is a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be a human being. Its prescription is that “laughter is the best medicine.” Take a dose and see if you agree.
4 Clowns runs Thursday June 24 and Friday June 25 at 8 p.m. with a Saturday June 26 matinee at 2 p.m. at the Art/Works Theatre 6569 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038. $10 Admission. Tickets can be bought at www.alivetheatre.org or 562-508-1788. The show is just one of the many productions that are part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.