Joe Dieffenbacher

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“The physical comedy is brilliant. It pushes through the script with so much comedic momentum that it has more pace and hilarity than I have ever known The Taming of the Shrew to have. The cast works as an ensemble to make us laugh with clowning, physicality and wit that doesn’t drop.” A Younger Theatre, web blog

“The wedding scene is condensed into a silent, slow-motion mime sequence, dissolving description and dialogue into vivid action. There’s

pace, energy, and a real clarity to all the stage business.” The Arts Desk on Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

What the Critics have to

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Show Reel

"The end of a class in Clown Theatre and Masks under the direction of Joe Dieffenbacher: think Marx Brothers meet Feydeau. Performers tumble, swoop, clamber, jump, and fall, they get soaked, and revel in chaos. A closer look confirms the suspicion that all this madness is the result of exhausting and disciplined work." Stage Directions Magazine - USA

"One of the most dynamic and inventive series of performances I've ever seen on any stage. Under the direction of Joe Dieffenbacher, the show ran the total range from macabre and terrifying to hysterically funny. Technically and artistically brilliant." Eureka-Times Standard, California

Resumé

“Combines the cunning invention of physical theatre miming with the boisterous joy of Punch and Judy. Vivid, gutsy entertainment.” Daily Mail, UK on Oliver! Regents Park Theatre, London, UK

“The vaudeville troupe threaten to up-stage the classical in Act 2. Circus skills director Joe Dieffenbacher has mentored his tutees expertly, [they] form a compelling vocal and kinetic ensemble. ... a vaudeville troupe who are more Berlin satire than barbershop saccharinity.” Opera Today on Ariadne auf Naxos, Scottish National Opera