The people on line down the block on Valencia Street on Friday were seniors, older adults and mostly non-hipster types. Certainly not the usual Mission crowd. These were ticket holders lining up at The Marsh, to see Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, a one man show, ostensibly about geezer-hood.
But Geoff Hoyle, a master clown, mime and physical comedian, was there less to ruminate about aging than to showcase his talent and take us on a walk down his memory lane.
His skill is impressive. His walk down memory lane -- less so.
Hoyle takes us back to his childhood in a working class family in Northern England, to his youth when his less-than-erudite dad saw his son's theatrical spark and gave him a volume of Shakespeare; he takes us back to his naughty (theatrical) disruptions in Latin class; to his first audition... to a host of other moments -- sprinkled with pantomime and sentimentality -- that launched Hoyle's career.
Hoyle trained as a mime in France, with Marcel Marceau's teacher and went on to Pickle Family Circus renown and became part of the new vaudeville, a genre popularized by Bill Irwin. He made a terrific red-billed Hornbill (Zazu) in the Broadway production of The Lion King.