PRESS

P!NK THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE TOUR

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“Before Pink even took the stage, her trusty tour mascot and ringmaster Rubix Von Füchenhürtz (Jimmy Slonina) had been doing the audience rounds, licking bald men’s heads and generally being totally inappropriate—all while having the crowd in stiches and full of anticipation knowing that their idol was just minutes away.”

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“It all begins in the pre-show where a strange looking man called Rubix Von Füchenhürtz (Jimmy Slonina), appears and plays with the audience… The antics set a joyful tone for the whole night.”

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Best non-Pink moment: Drawing upon Joel Grey’s Emcee in Cabaret, Pink’s MC for the night is a Rocky Horror Style creation (played by actor Jimmy Slonina) who steps in to amuse whenever Pink needs a costume change. Before the show started he licked an audience member’s bald head and gave someone a lap dance.”


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

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“Slonina found his life’s calling as a kid watching Three’s Company and Benny Hill on television. “I would hear the studio audience laugh, and I thought: ‘That’s what I wanna do. I wanna make you laugh.’”

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“[The clowns are] fast, raucous and funny… The imperious King clown (Gordon White) leads his vigorous aides-de-camp (Christian Fitzharris and Jimmy Slonina) strutting through the crowd before the performance and, during it, dragging volunteer victims on stage for some not-so-innocent merriment. In one prize bit, White is seen fainting from exhaustion and Slonina leans over him to give him the breath of life; as the kiss gets more amatory, Fitzharris avidly cranks an invisible camera and cheap disco music fills the air—it’s the first Cirque de Porno.”

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“After so many magical landscapes filled with adorable animals and punishingly innocent children, a little burp of bad taste can be refreshing… Dressed in red and yellow high pants and tiny hats, [the King’s] disloyal henchmen (Christian Fitzharris and Jimmy Slonina) are overgrown Dionysian children, sniggering, making mischief and generally letting their ids run amok. They act the way kids do when adults aren’t looking.”

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“The show’s main clown act, with White returning as the King and his two main accomplices from the pre-show (Christian Fitzharris and Jimmy Slonina) as semi-loyal subjects. Unlike previous Cirque clowns, these three goofballs are bawdy, verbal and amusingly violent.”

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“The trio of fumbling tricksters includes hometown boy Jimmy Slonina… Slonina’s style of clowning is a perfect fit for KOOZA, which is all about old-fashioned circus staples—clowns and acrobats—but always with that Cirque touch… There is hilarious audience interaction as Slonina’s easily distracted jester, dressed in red overalls, makes clown passes at women in the crowd and gets himself into comical situations.”

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“Cirque… manages to reinvent itself so brilliantly and so completely with every new show… Indeed, the trio of funnymen—led by the terrific Gordon White and including the great Jimmy Slonina, once of Chicago’s Defiant Theatre—has an almost Dickensian quality.”

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CHICAGO THEATRE

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Seagull, Redmoon Theater – “As Kostya, the embittered son of the famous actress Arkadina, Jimmy Slonina gives as distinctive a performance as any this year. With his curly mop and pratfalling acumen, he could be a silent comic, yet he’s excellent with the language as well.”

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Unbinding Isaac, Redmoon Theater – “At the heart of the story is an Everyman-style Isaac—meticulous silent work by an exceptional physical clown, Jimmy Slonina.”

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Stage Persona – Jimmy Slonina – “Acting is going to be where it’s at for quite a while until my bones all break. Ever since I was a kid, my main focus was just to make people laugh…it’s more immediate when you can do it when you’re on the stage rather than having to get other people to do it…”


ACT WITHOUT WORDS I & II

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“I can’t imagine anyone not having a good time… Jimmy Slonina has the precision and control of a master mime, but he also has an actor’s sensibility. Every thought seems to register on his face. You never get the sense that this is only about movement.”

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