I finally saw the play Equus this week, starring Daniel Radcliffe (a.k.a. “Harry Potter”) and Richard Griffiths. It is closing this Sunday. My friend Lorenzo Pisoni plays the part of a horse named Nugget, and he is amazing. Not only is he striking, powerful and horse-like in his movements, he also carries Daniel on his back and gallops, wearing a large metal horse’s head… Imagine doing that night after night! Luckily, Lorenzo is a trained acrobat and he is in excellent shape. In addition to his equine gig, he has been hard at work rehearsing for his one-man show, Humor Abuse, about growing up as the son of a clown, which opens on February 19th at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Catch both shows if you can! Equus is an incredible play with effortless acting by Griffiths, and a very strong performance by Radcliffe. Humor Abuse is funny, beautiful and poignant. If you have ever wondered what it’s like to grow up in a circus, this is your chance to find out.