all wear bowlers at Berkeley Rep Nov.24 - Dec.23

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For the holidays, Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents a limited engagement of all wear bowlers, a hilarious vaudeville hit that's left a deafening trail of laughter across four continents. Created and performed by Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle, bowlers is "easily the most funny and original show this year," according to the New York Times. Directed by Aleksandra Wolska, this side-splitting display of clowning begins previews in Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre on November 24, opens November 29, and closes December 23.

"In the tradition of Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, and Samuel Beckett, all wear bowlers is brimming with hilarious entertainment," states press note, "Drawing on their mutual love for motion pictures, vintage vaudeville, and stage magic, Sobelle and Lyford created bowlers and have rolled it around the world. These clowns may come from the era of silent films, but they've left audiences laughing aloud in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States! See what happens when they tumble out of their movie and into a wacky world without gravity. During development of the show, the pair was mentored by two renowned new vaudevillians beloved of Bay Area audiences: David Shiner and Geoff Hoyle. Then all wear bowlers went on to win a New York Innovative Theatre Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award."

all wear bowlers is designed by Ed Haynes (sets), Tara Webb (costumes), Randy "Igleu" Glickman (lights), James Sugg (sound), Michael Glass (filmmaker), and Michael Friedman (film score composer).

Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Roda Theatre is located at 2015 Addison Street at Shattuck, Downtown Berkeley.

Previews are Nov. 24 – 28 and Performances begin Nov. 29 through Dec. 23.  Show times are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 8:00 PM; Wednesdays at 7:00 PM; Saturdays at 2 & 8:00 PM; and Sundays at 2 & 7:00 PM.  There are no matinees during previews.

Tickets ($33 for Previews, $45-$61 for Performances) are available by calling 510-647-2949, toll-free 888-4-BRT-Tix, or visit $10 preview tickets are available for full-time students and those under 30, half-price rush tickets for students and seniors are sold 30 minutes before curtain.  Half-price tickets available most other days for those under 30, and half-price mezzanine seats for people of any age to any show through Dec. 1.  20 half-price HotTix go on sale Tuesday through Friday at noon.  Groups of 15+ may contact 510-647-2918 or

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