On Saturday, March 31st  I had the extreme fortune to see a show with some friends (friends who are  long time supporters of the arts and of my own artistic career).  This is one of the funnest ways I've received support as an artist actually – as anyone in the arts can tell you, it's hard as hell to get out and SEE shows when you are in them with any kind of frequency.

I was completely recharged by:  Tomas Kubinek Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible, at the Paramount Mainstage Theater presented by ArtsEmerson's 'The World On Stage' series.

Tomas Kubinek is a clown.  His one man show consisted of stunning stories from his childhood, playful surprise, magic tricks, manipulation of the audience, physical prowess, speaking in tongues, feats of flight, soulful chicken songs, and fire...  

During the show he leap from topic to topic, his character shifting and changing before our eyes like a flower blooming and closing and blooming again...  Throughout these unfurling moments we found ourselves to be a better audience for letting go and just being with him, for taking in the silliness we were handed and feeling in it a complete sublime.  This show transported me directly into the 5 year old girl I once was (who lives somewhere in my core still), I was watching with big eyes and an even bigger heart.  This show was a ride I never wanted to get off of.

I've seen a lot of clown over the years, in full disclosure I grew up in Maine, was professionally storytelling by the age of 11, I had the "New England Vaudeville Festival" and the rebuilding of Johnson Hall in my backyard, on a birthday I spent my time at Celebration Barn, and eventually (as an adult) found my way to studying at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater.  Tomas's show is everything – and I do mean everything – that I look for in clown performance.  So personal are his stories, and so playful his point of view.  I find myself in one second screaming with laughter and delight, and in the next sitting sorrowful waiting for the beauty of a moment to turn again into abstract abandon.  

Abandon really is what the audience is left with...

After the show was finished Tomas sat on the lip of the stage to be there with his audience.  So many kids and adults alike waited patiently with a flicker in their eyes.  Each wanting to bask in the glow of his energy, wanting to ask questions about how he did a trick or how old he really was, wanting a hug , wanting a picture, wanting not to go...  The candle Tomas lit at the beginning of the show remained alight in each of us.

This, my friends, is what live theater IS FOR.

Thank you Tomas.  I look forward, with bright eyes and hunger for your next move, to seeing you again.

Vive la Liberté dans l'Art,
-UnAmerika's Sweetheart Karin Webb

*Please consider donating to our fundraiser to "Conquer Berlin and Beyond" at:  Dream Weird: Europe.  We need and appreciate every bit of help along the way.  Thank You!


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