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BWW Review: ONE HAND CLAPPING Is Wickedly Fun In Its US Premiere


Part of 59E59's always brilliant Brits Off-Broadway festival, ONE HAND CLAPPING is a throughly enjoyable night of theatre in a marriage of nostalgia and dark comedy. The show stars Eve Burley and Oliver Devoti as Janet and Howard Shirley, in addition to the talents of Adam Urey and Richard Stott, and is under the direction and adaption of Lucia Cox from the original Anthony Burgess' (A Clockwork Orange) novel of the same name.

Janet and Howard Shirley live fairly ordinary lives in 1950s England, and Janet is content with this. One night, while watching a TV game show, businesslike Howard's imagination catches on fire, and he takes his notorious photographic memory into the game show world, and the Shirley's lives change forever, in more ways than one. The contrast of Janet and Howard in personality and in coexistence makes a fun night of theatrics, featuring the wild characters of Urey's performances, as well. It's a show for fans of 50s game show nostalgia, dark comedy, and general anglophiles alike, and is not to be missed as a part of the always unbeatable Brits Off-Broadway festival.

The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to

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