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Meditation on Losing Oneself 

Wednesday, Dec 14 2011
If you're looking for a little more humanity and a little less apocalypse on the subject of endings, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer is a very funny one-man show about aging, decline, and death. It's back for another run after a successful run in 2011. At the beginning, Hoyle tells us that his father died at 60. Hoyle himself is now 65. "I'm starting to feel old," he admits. Then, in a brilliant bit, he imagines the last few years of life as an elaborate videogame, the savvy player dodging a disease here, an operation there. Of course, even the best player can't avoid every threat, and he soon finds himself crippled, enfeebled, and at last defeated. Game over. Hoyle is justifiably a legend among clowns, so I don't need to dwell on his long-established mastery of physical comedy. What I adored about Geezer is that it's wise and profound and true. After attending too many Marsh shows that feel solipsistic even by the standards of one-person plays, here's a performance that isn't just about the man performing it. Hoyle invites the audience to share the joy that he radiates. Hoyle possesses a rubbery face and a sharp wit, and he understands that a solo performance doesn't need to be masturbatory. Hoyle's is a generous perspective on the world at large, far removed from the pieties that usually pass for political insight on the San Francisco stage.
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