Saturday, January 2, 2010

"The Amazing Bubble Man": ☼ ☼ ☼ BANG

From the moment that the Bubble Man -- Louis Pearl -- walks out onto the stage he is in high gear. He blows bubbles, he makes jokes, he blows more bubbles, he gets kids from the audience to volunteer to help him, he builds on their enthusiasm and soon has the whole place in a joyous uproar. There were kids from three to thirteen or so in the audience and every one was busting an arm to be picked to come up on stage and get soaking wet.

It's really quite astonishing -- you stand in this little tub of water and he passes a wand over your head. The next thing you know you're inside a bubble. Sometimes the bubble bursts too soon and that makes it even better.

The show builds to a conclusion where the whole place is in mayhem. It's hard to remember the last time we saw a kids' show with this much audience participation.


The San Francisco Theater Blog would not normally review a non-theater show, but The Amazing Bubble Man is too good to miss, so we're awarding him Three Stars with a BANGLE of PRAISE. The stars are for the man's audacity to build a production piece out of bubbles and the BANGLE is because it is so much fun to watch. The Marsh has extended the Amazing Bubble Man for several more performances, which always take place at the kid-friendly hour of 11am. If you have any children lying around the house who need an hour away from the tube, bring them to the Marsh. They'll get a good, enthusiastic soaking.

"The Amazing Bubble Man"
The Marsh
1062 Valencia Boulevard

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