The Universe (101)

Critics

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88 %

Reviews: 4

Audience

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100 %

Reviews: 17

A Unique theatrical performance mixing Mentalism and Clowning, wins coveted ‘Pick of the Fringe' and ‘Encore Producers' Award'

Many Los Angelenos may not have been aware that The Universe has been in peril over the course of the Hollywood Fringe and both audience and critics have been enthusiastically stepping up to save it, in Cavort Theatre's newest work ‘The Universe (101)'.
The show that features a totally original script and many magical and mental effects has wowed audiences and critics alike causing comparisons to be made to such stellar company as Steve Martin, The Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, Abbot and Costello, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and Douglas Adams' Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy! The show picked up the coveted award ‘Pick of the Fringe' early on and secured two additional performances by winning the ‘Encore Producers' Award' in addition to receiving a ‘Double Sweet' and ‘Audience Choice' award from review site Better Lemons and making the top ten reviews of shows to see in LA by Stage Raw!
Two Encore performances remain at The Complex Hollywood on the 6th and 7th of July at 8pm.
The Universe (101) is brought to you by Cavort Theatre, an award-winning UK company and creator of the 5 Star Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe and London Horror festival spectacular ‘The Devil Without'.
Critical praise for ‘The Devil Without':
‘An outstanding performance'
Arts Award Voice- Sarah Hobden ✰✰✰✰✰

'I found myself constantly surprised and impressed by Stone's brilliant magical escapades.' Broadway Baby ✰✰✰✰

‘His skills as a conjurer and mentalist are remarkable'
Edinburgh Spotlight ✰✰✰✰

‘Highly original' The Stage & Television Today ✰✰✰✰

Critical praise for 'The Universe (101):

‘An Absolute Hoot!' – Better Lemons

‘Very Entertaining' – Broadway World

‘Monty Python-like absurdity wrapped around a Douglas Adams-like comic riff on the themes of quantum physics and magic..the show's mix of humor, madness, and magic is beguiling.' – Stage Raw

The Dorie Theatre at The Complex Hollywood, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, CA 90038
6th/7th July 8pm
Duration 1hr.

$15 ($14 Friends/ Concession)
Tickets here: https://hff18.org/5077

Reviews

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"Wow!! What a treat! I've heart of Matthew Godfrey's Norbut character over the years and finally had the chance to see him, alive and well with his foibles onstage! I was not disappointed! The Universe (101) garnered everything from head scratches to belly laughs! Lots of belly laughs! Godfrey's character Norbut was ever so charming and endearing. The chemistry between Matthew Godfrey and Ian Harvey Stone was electric. They had us riveted and in stitches! I'm not a fan of hypnotism, but the audience participation with that bit was well received/enjoyed. My three elementary age kids loved the magic tricks, and laughed hysterically at the silliness of the wrinkles in time! The kids walked away Star-struck and amazed by all the magic they'd seen! The show appealed not only to the kids, but to my space industry exec husband! To sum up: A clever, intelligent show, packed with great fun and entertainment that easily appeals to different ages and various audiences. A must see!"

sweet - Sheila Veenstra


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"It's a fun, and very fast show.... don't blink, or you might miss something. They do Hypnosis in the show, and hopefully they'll pick you, as it sure looked fun. IDK, maybe that's why I liked the show so much.... LOL."

sweet - TOMMY HINKLEY


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Such a unique, funny and thought-provoking show! Combining quantum physics, time travel, clowning, mentalism and magic into strongly scripted story line and character arcs is brilliant. This isn't passive theater-going. There is some audience participation, but much more importantly, the show and actors compel the audience to THINK! Matthew and Ian are clearly having a ball on stage (hm, it's surprising that they don't actually lob a ball at each other - lemons, yes). As they continue to develop their show for other venues, I know it will grow richer and funnier, since these two are consummate artistes!

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sweet - Gene Franklin Smith


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"I saw this show twice! A thought provoking, intelligent, funny, zany, and vaudevillian sci-fi type show with a clown, time travel, hypnotist, and magician! Very entertaining! I loved it! I loved the Paradox scene!"

sweet - Nathaniel Beaver


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"Amazing show! Loveable performers in an entertaining scenario. Then the magic will blow your mind! We came to see it as a family and we are still talking about it! Loved it! Thank you!"

sweet - Anne Marie Scheffler


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"WHAT I LIKED It combined mentalism, hypnosis, magic, and comedy in inventive ways I'd never experienced before. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE I have no suggestions for improvement at this time. I truly enjoyed this show. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION This show was good fun and a wild ride for the mind. See it!"

sweet - Allen Gittelson


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"WHAT I LIKED It combined mentalism, hypnosis, magic, and comedy in inventive ways I'd never experienced before. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE I have no suggestions for improvement at this time. I truly enjoyed this show. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION This show was good fun and a wild ride for the mind. See it!"

sweet - Allen Gittelson


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"We will never look at lemons in the same way! Fabulously funny and ingenius take on physics, universe, and current times and history! Reaches various of decades of audience goers...funny for all!"

sweet - Elizabeth Krizek


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"Loved this show, right up my alley! Surreal, trippy, philosophical, funny with some expert clowning and magic. Reminds me of a Steve Martin play mixed with the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks. Has a clever concept, with masterful performances, playful audience interaction, and oddball characters. The dialogue whizzes by and the mix of science fiction, philosophy, and comedy is well-played."

sweet - Brandon Burkhart


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"The Universe (101) is an incredible experience! A completely original concept that is expertly performed by the dynamic duo Norbut Yetso (Matthew Godfrey) and Evanion (Ian Harvey Stone). The fact that this show involves the audience makes it a unique experience every time! The show will always remain fresh and the performers adapt so well to every new circumstance. This is an intellectually stimulating hour of comedy and adventure into their world and conundrum. And we are riveted as to how they will resolve the conflict!"

sweet - Emilie Davezac


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"A smart and inventive show mainly drawing on two schools of performance: clowning and mentalism. The two meet in the middle with illusions, and these performers are masterful. I was picked to choose part of the card that would be featured in the tricks and I'm still trying to figure out how they did it! They tackled big, theoretical scientific questions and made them very accessible to any audience. There is plenty of audience participation and it's a small house, so you'll very likely know someone who contributes to the production, especially if you come in late or are in the front. The script and patter is full of wordplay and both actors are charming and funny. My whole family enjoyed this production."

sweet - Robert Angell


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"Wackiness ensues, for sure. In a delightfully wacky hour of physical comedy, mentalism, hypnotism and slapstick these two gentleman manage to throw a little bit of everything vaudevillian into the mix. ...Physically demonstrating the trap of a paradox or explain how time travel is actually a possibility, somehow this all gets wrapped into a funny, engaging show that's big on silliness and laughs. Nicely done."

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


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"I saw Ian Harvey Stone's The Universe 101 at The Complex last night and it was a hoot. Sort of a combination of Derren Brown and Monty Python. The show is a unique and entertaining blend of slapstick and quantum mechanics, illusions and time distortions, mentalism and teleportation, hypnosis and the destruction of the universe. The audience is involved in the performance to such a degree that they suspect each other of being confederates. It is worth the price of admission to see the expressions on the participant's faces after the final curtain when they realize that this isn't the case. Highly recommended."

sweet - CHRISTOPHER Kessler


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"A witty and inspired magic show with great chemistry between the two lead actors that features hypnotism, time travel, quantum physics, metaphysics, time loops, and quite possibly the end of the universe. The mixture between low brow and high brow works perfectly. Theater of the absurd that had the audience completely enthralled. There's a reason it was a pick of the Fringe!"

sweet - David Lucarelli


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"Stone and Godfrey (who are credited as the piece's creators, producers and directors) have crafted a delightful, quirky vignette that is full of daffy, Monty Python-like absurdity wrapped around a Douglas (“Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”) Adams-like comic riff on the themes of quantum physics and magic. Indeed, their artful melding of magic and narrative is almost a trick itself. - RECOMMENDED "

sweet - Paul Birchall - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"From the moment I stepped in the Dory Theatre at The Complex, I was immersed into a scientific experiment. I didn't know what to expect, or the significance of the citrus based fruit but all was soon to become clear on this rollercoaster show. The show is a delightful mix of dark comedy in a scientific setting. Setting the scene, starting with a mysterious chest, a clown of science and an unwitting Victorian time traveler. The Universe 101 takes you on a journey of time space, magic, with audience participation that ended in a wonderful denouement worthy of Poirot! I was party to the stage show part of the show and I was astounded at what this duo managed to pull off. On the whole, I was pleasantly surprised by this show at the fringe. What I thought would be a an explanation of science theory was so much more and so entertaining. I finally now know why Schrödinger was at the same time a cat person and not a cat person! The story arc was faultless, the dialogue was spot on, the comedy element was so enjoyable I relished the setup and execution. the added element of audience interaction was fantastic. It had magic and wonder from the start, it was entertaining throughout and in my opinion the best show I've seen to date at this years Hollywood Fringe Featival. There are many other great shows at The Complex but if you want to see something standout and unique, then this is a must see! 5 Stars!"

sweet - Alex Hathaway


Shari Barrett
"At times there was a bit too much metaphysical language for me, but the combination of a clown and mentalist from two different time periods meeting up by accident and then trying to put time back together again was very entertaining, especially with on-stage audience participation. I think the show needs a bit more polish, but the two actors were genuinely having a good time on stage and with the audience."

sweet-sour - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


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"The two performers, Ian Harvey Stone (FB) as Evanion and Matthew Godfrey (FB) as Norbut Yetso bring an energy and sense of zanyness to their characters that makes the show irresistable. They play, they clown, and yet have an earnestness in what they are doing that makes it all work. There is magic (I'm still not sure how they did the twist at the end), and there is science, and it all comes together in a wonderful whole."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


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"Spectacular! A tiny slice of whimsy and magic in a vast and inventive world. So fun! The characters are unique and delightful. And the comedy is wonderfully absurd. The show opens with a very anxious clown checking his props , but draws us (the audience) into the world of a scientific symposium led by the least likely of scientists almost immediately. The use of magic tricks, and hypnotist combined with the elements of clown build a surprising world , where ta few lucky audience members might also be asked to participate.Think "Monthy Python" meets "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" played by a pair of mismatched heroes."

sweet - helene udy


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"Had the pleasure of seeing "The Universe (101)" on opening night. Its was a fun original show! A bit of Theater, a bit of Comedy, Mentalism, Hypnosis, and a whole lot of Entertainment. They put a lot of work and creativity into this show, and it really stands out!! Go see it and have a fun night out!!!!!"

sweet - Glenn Rottmann


Avatar
"Fantastic show. Physical humor, string theory, lemons... what more could you want? A real-life clown and a real-life mentalist explain the complexities of Schrodinger, string theory, and time travel. And they know way more than you might expect. Some of the slapstick physicality made me gasp. I didn't expect it and I loved it. The performers pack so much into an hour, I wish they could have held on to some of the more touching moments and let them breath a little bit more."

sweet - Jake Kornely


Avatar
"Wackiness ensues, for sure. In a delightfully wacky hour of physical comedy, mentalism, hypnotism and slapstick these two gentleman manage to throw a little bit of everything vaudevillian into the mix. ...Physically demonstrating the trap of a paradox or explain how time travel is actually a possibility, somehow this all gets wrapped into a funny, engaging show that's big on silliness and laughs. Nicely done."

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


Avatar
"Stone and Godfrey (who are credited as the piece's creators, producers and directors) have crafted a delightful, quirky vignette that is full of daffy, Monty Python-like absurdity wrapped around a Douglas (“Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”) Adams-like comic riff on the themes of quantum physics and magic. Indeed, their artful melding of magic and narrative is almost a trick itself. - RECOMMENDED "

sweet - Paul Birchall - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"At times there was a bit too much metaphysical language for me, but the combination of a clown and mentalist from two different time periods meeting up by accident and then trying to put time back together again was very entertaining, especially with on-stage audience participation. I think the show needs a bit more polish, but the two actors were genuinely having a good time on stage and with the audience."

sweet-sour - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Avatar
"The two performers, Ian Harvey Stone (FB) as Evanion and Matthew Godfrey (FB) as Norbut Yetso bring an energy and sense of zanyness to their characters that makes the show irresistable. They play, they clown, and yet have an earnestness in what they are doing that makes it all work. There is magic (I'm still not sure how they did the twist at the end), and there is science, and it all comes together in a wonderful whole."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


Avatar
"Wow!! What a treat! I've heart of Matthew Godfrey's Norbut character over the years and finally had the chance to see him, alive and well with his foibles onstage! I was not disappointed! The Universe (101) garnered everything from head scratches to belly laughs! Lots of belly laughs! Godfrey's character Norbut was ever so charming and endearing. The chemistry between Matthew Godfrey and Ian Harvey Stone was electric. They had us riveted and in stitches! I'm not a fan of hypnotism, but the audience participation with that bit was well received/enjoyed. My three elementary age kids loved the magic tricks, and laughed hysterically at the silliness of the wrinkles in time! The kids walked away Star-struck and amazed by all the magic they'd seen! The show appealed not only to the kids, but to my space industry exec husband! To sum up: A clever, intelligent show, packed with great fun and entertainment that easily appeals to different ages and various audiences. A must see!"

sweet - Sheila Veenstra


Avatar
"It's a fun, and very fast show.... don't blink, or you might miss something. They do Hypnosis in the show, and hopefully they'll pick you, as it sure looked fun. IDK, maybe that's why I liked the show so much.... LOL."

sweet - TOMMY HINKLEY


Avatar
"

Such a unique, funny and thought-provoking show! Combining quantum physics, time travel, clowning, mentalism and magic into strongly scripted story line and character arcs is brilliant. This isn't passive theater-going. There is some audience participation, but much more importantly, the show and actors compel the audience to THINK! Matthew and Ian are clearly having a ball on stage (hm, it's surprising that they don't actually lob a ball at each other - lemons, yes). As they continue to develop their show for other venues, I know it will grow richer and funnier, since these two are consummate artistes!

"

sweet - Gene Franklin Smith


Avatar
"I saw this show twice! A thought provoking, intelligent, funny, zany, and vaudevillian sci-fi type show with a clown, time travel, hypnotist, and magician! Very entertaining! I loved it! I loved the Paradox scene!"

sweet - Nathaniel Beaver


Avatar
"Amazing show! Loveable performers in an entertaining scenario. Then the magic will blow your mind! We came to see it as a family and we are still talking about it! Loved it! Thank you!"

sweet - Anne Marie Scheffler


Avatar
"WHAT I LIKED It combined mentalism, hypnosis, magic, and comedy in inventive ways I'd never experienced before. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE I have no suggestions for improvement at this time. I truly enjoyed this show. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION This show was good fun and a wild ride for the mind. See it!"

sweet - Allen Gittelson


Avatar
"WHAT I LIKED It combined mentalism, hypnosis, magic, and comedy in inventive ways I'd never experienced before. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE I have no suggestions for improvement at this time. I truly enjoyed this show. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION This show was good fun and a wild ride for the mind. See it!"

sweet - Allen Gittelson


Avatar
"We will never look at lemons in the same way! Fabulously funny and ingenius take on physics, universe, and current times and history! Reaches various of decades of audience goers...funny for all!"

sweet - Elizabeth Krizek


Avatar
"Loved this show, right up my alley! Surreal, trippy, philosophical, funny with some expert clowning and magic. Reminds me of a Steve Martin play mixed with the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks. Has a clever concept, with masterful performances, playful audience interaction, and oddball characters. The dialogue whizzes by and the mix of science fiction, philosophy, and comedy is well-played."

sweet - Brandon Burkhart


Avatar
"The Universe (101) is an incredible experience! A completely original concept that is expertly performed by the dynamic duo Norbut Yetso (Matthew Godfrey) and Evanion (Ian Harvey Stone). The fact that this show involves the audience makes it a unique experience every time! The show will always remain fresh and the performers adapt so well to every new circumstance. This is an intellectually stimulating hour of comedy and adventure into their world and conundrum. And we are riveted as to how they will resolve the conflict!"

sweet - Emilie Davezac


Avatar
"A smart and inventive show mainly drawing on two schools of performance: clowning and mentalism. The two meet in the middle with illusions, and these performers are masterful. I was picked to choose part of the card that would be featured in the tricks and I'm still trying to figure out how they did it! They tackled big, theoretical scientific questions and made them very accessible to any audience. There is plenty of audience participation and it's a small house, so you'll very likely know someone who contributes to the production, especially if you come in late or are in the front. The script and patter is full of wordplay and both actors are charming and funny. My whole family enjoyed this production."

sweet - Robert Angell


Avatar
"I saw Ian Harvey Stone's The Universe 101 at The Complex last night and it was a hoot. Sort of a combination of Derren Brown and Monty Python. The show is a unique and entertaining blend of slapstick and quantum mechanics, illusions and time distortions, mentalism and teleportation, hypnosis and the destruction of the universe. The audience is involved in the performance to such a degree that they suspect each other of being confederates. It is worth the price of admission to see the expressions on the participant's faces after the final curtain when they realize that this isn't the case. Highly recommended."

sweet - CHRISTOPHER Kessler


Avatar
"A witty and inspired magic show with great chemistry between the two lead actors that features hypnotism, time travel, quantum physics, metaphysics, time loops, and quite possibly the end of the universe. The mixture between low brow and high brow works perfectly. Theater of the absurd that had the audience completely enthralled. There's a reason it was a pick of the Fringe!"

sweet - David Lucarelli


Avatar
"From the moment I stepped in the Dory Theatre at The Complex, I was immersed into a scientific experiment. I didn't know what to expect, or the significance of the citrus based fruit but all was soon to become clear on this rollercoaster show. The show is a delightful mix of dark comedy in a scientific setting. Setting the scene, starting with a mysterious chest, a clown of science and an unwitting Victorian time traveler. The Universe 101 takes you on a journey of time space, magic, with audience participation that ended in a wonderful denouement worthy of Poirot! I was party to the stage show part of the show and I was astounded at what this duo managed to pull off. On the whole, I was pleasantly surprised by this show at the fringe. What I thought would be a an explanation of science theory was so much more and so entertaining. I finally now know why Schrödinger was at the same time a cat person and not a cat person! The story arc was faultless, the dialogue was spot on, the comedy element was so enjoyable I relished the setup and execution. the added element of audience interaction was fantastic. It had magic and wonder from the start, it was entertaining throughout and in my opinion the best show I've seen to date at this years Hollywood Fringe Featival. There are many other great shows at The Complex but if you want to see something standout and unique, then this is a must see! 5 Stars!"

sweet - Alex Hathaway


Avatar
"Spectacular! A tiny slice of whimsy and magic in a vast and inventive world. So fun! The characters are unique and delightful. And the comedy is wonderfully absurd. The show opens with a very anxious clown checking his props , but draws us (the audience) into the world of a scientific symposium led by the least likely of scientists almost immediately. The use of magic tricks, and hypnotist combined with the elements of clown build a surprising world , where ta few lucky audience members might also be asked to participate.Think "Monthy Python" meets "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" played by a pair of mismatched heroes."

sweet - helene udy


Avatar
"Had the pleasure of seeing "The Universe (101)" on opening night. Its was a fun original show! A bit of Theater, a bit of Comedy, Mentalism, Hypnosis, and a whole lot of Entertainment. They put a lot of work and creativity into this show, and it really stands out!! Go see it and have a fun night out!!!!!"

sweet - Glenn Rottmann


Avatar
"Fantastic show. Physical humor, string theory, lemons... what more could you want? A real-life clown and a real-life mentalist explain the complexities of Schrodinger, string theory, and time travel. And they know way more than you might expect. Some of the slapstick physicality made me gasp. I didn't expect it and I loved it. The performers pack so much into an hour, I wish they could have held on to some of the more touching moments and let them breath a little bit more."

sweet - Jake Kornely