Jason Alexander's Donny Clay Motivates His Las Vegas Audience
Jason Alexander is a gifted actor. His impressive theater resume includes a Tony for Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Max in the LA production of The Producers, serving as the director of several shows. Of course we know him Seinfeld and other TV gigs. In The Donnie Clay Experience, now at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Alexander is a motivational speaker, encouraging his audience to live better his way.
Anyone who comes to the show hoping to see Seinfeld's George Costanza may be disappointed. Only two Seinfeld lines creep into the script and they're done very quickly, although the audience does catch them and applauds in recognition. Here, although Donny Clay is as bombastic as George, he seems a lot more self-assured because, you see, he is going to tell his audience how to improve their lives.
Donny Clay is ranked one of the top motivational speakers, along with Dr. Phil, Oprah, Deepak Chopra and the man who "just" edged him out of the number four spot, Richard Simmons. The Donny Clay Experience has everything today's audiences seem to want. There's music, comedy (some a slight shade of blue), audience interaction and nudity. Also, don't forget, lots of sage advice.
Donny shows the audience video testimonials from lots of famous folk whom he's met along the way and he has lots of visual aids to get his message out. He talks fast but, of course, does he in the end say anything? You can decide.
The Donny Clay Experience runs just over an hour, a perfect length for this show. Any more would be way too much. As it is, The Donny Clay Experience is lots of fun. In the end Clay (or more correctly) Jason Alexander does motivate his audience. He might not motivate them to improve their lives but he absolutely motivates them to spend an hour or so laughing very hard. And, in the end, isn't that the purpose of this experience?
The Donny Clay Experience runs Thursdays through Sundays, 7 pm, at the CHI Theatre at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.For tickets, visit ticketmaster.
From This Author Ellen Sterling