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John Leguizamo's new one man show "Ghetto Klown," directed by Fisher Stevens, opened last night at the Lyceum theater to rabid applause and rave reviews. Plenty of famous faces came out to enjoy the show and then offer the man of the hour their congrats at the after-party at Top of the Standard.
The play itself is John's 5th solo show and his darkest. He delves into his struggle to make it in the movie business and become "the Latino Lawrence Olivier." The autobiographical tale delves into his personal life and relationships with his estranged father, his mother, his first wife and his current wife, as well as his career ups and downs. The depressing, the angry and the just plain intense is balanced with jokes, self-deprecation, some serious dance moves and unforgettable anecdotes and impersonations of Hollywood A-listers.
John re-enacts smoking weed with Kurt Russell, having an altercation with Steven Seagal, a shoving match with Patrick Swayze, and gives the genesis of the word "Klown," in the title as an on-set spat with Al Pacino.
After the show guests hit Top of the Standard to enjoy a few drinks, give thumbs up or in this case, way up, and congratulate John.