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Making the Rounds
NY Times Theatre Notes...thanks Chrissy!
Added 01.21.00

The last time New Yorkers heard from Eddie Izzard, the eccentric British comic was going on about all sorts of topics, including the moon landing ("It's all sticky"), the naming of Engelbert Humperdinck and, of course, the French.

This time around, it's circles.

"The idea, basically," he said, winding up, "is to get at, loosely, the idea of huge space stuff, that space is curved and the planets' orbits are curved. The Native American religion is also all about circles. I will nip that in at one point. And, oh yes, the Renaissance period."

This list should come as no surprise to anybody who has experienced Izzard's ream-of-consciousness style. Audiences will have a brief window to check it out themselves, April 4-8, when Izzard arrives with a new show, "Circles," at Westbeth Theater Center, where his last show, "Dress to Kill," was a hit in 1998.

The weeklong stint is part of a two-month tour that will include a trip to Australia, as well as American stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and a city he called that "little bit up there," known to many as Seattle. Then, Izzard said, he will return to New York in June for a longer run in a larger theater.

"I think maybe comedy should be road tested," he said. "Rock bands make shows and tour them. I think I tour the whole show to write it."

Eddie Izzard Goes In Circles At Westbeth Center
April 4-8; Announces USA Tour

Playbill Online -- By Christine Ehren

British comedian Eddie Izzard, following his successful New York City stint in 1998's Dress to Kill, will return to the Westbeth Theatre Center April 4-8 with his new one-man show, Circles.

A musing on all things round, from the universe on down, Circles made its premiere in the UK and Ireland with a tour that traveled through Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin and Belfast, finally finishing off in Dec. 1999 at London's Brixton Academy. Izzard is best known stateside for his Dress to Kill, which was recorded in San Francisco for broadcast on HBO. He has also appeared in the feature films "Velvet Goldmine," "The Avengers" and "Mystery Men."

Before arriving back in NYC, Izzard will take his unique brand of humor to other stops in the US and Canada including:

Feb. 29-March 4: Toronto, ON; Bathurst Street Theatre
March 7-11: Boston, MA; 57 Theatre
March 14-25: Chicago, IL; Royal George Theatre
March 28-April 1: Philadelphia, PA; The Painted Bride

Tickets for the Westbeth engagement are $40-$35 and available by calling (212) 307-4100. The Westbeth Theatre Center is located between Washington and the Westside Highway north of 11th Street and on the web at

Now We Know Why He's Only Booked 5 Dates in NY
(01.19.00/thanks Kris)

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Australias largest and most popular annual arts festival, is proud to announce a sneak preview of its line up of first class international and Australian performers who will be putting on shows in the 14th annual festival in 2000 from March 30-April 23.

Arctic Boosh (UK), Tom Rhodes (USA), North (from The 3 Canadians) (Canada), Cool Heat, Urban Beat (USA),
Eddie Izzard (UK), Boom Chicago (USA), Ross Noble (UK), Dave Attell (USA), Stewart Lee (UK), Adam Bloom (UK), Tokyo Shock Boys (Japan)

For public enquiries, call the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on: 1900 148 888*

From the Westbeth Theatre Website
(added 01.16)

Comedian, actor, writer, British national treasure, Eddie Izzard is gearing up for the first leg of his North American tour with a one-man show titled “CIRCLE,” beginning in Toronto, Canada, on Monday, February 29 through March 4 at the Bathurst Street Theatre.   From there, Izzard takes “CIRCLE” to The 57 Theatre in Boston from March 7-11; The Royal George Theatre in Chicago from March 14-25; The Painted Bride in Philadelphia from March 28 to April 1; and returns to The Westbeth Theatre Center (where his last show “Dress to Kill” ran for three months) in New York City from April 4-8.

Izzard brings this production to the U.S. after a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, which included a performance at Kings Hall—the largest venue in Belfast—and climaxed with 5 nights at London’s Brixton Academy.

The last show Eddie brought to America was “Dress to Kill” in 1998, which was unanimously praised from coast to coast and was filmed in San Francisco for HBO.  His HBO Special aired throughout this past summer (and is still running on various HBO channels to this day), converting legions of new fans across the U.S. who had never seen the likes of Eddie before.  Reviews of the television special and his shows in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco were nothing short of stellar.

According to Eddie, “It’ll be good to be back—I’ve been away much too long.”

Izzard's arrival
(Boston Globe/01.15.2000)

Eddie Izzard, the cross-dressing Brit comic, comes to our shores with his hilarious and political one-man show ''Circle.'' He'll be lighting up the 57 Theatre for five nights starting March 7. Of the show, the UK paper The Guardian says, ''When the lights go on Eddie Izzard, perched atop a giant rose, silhouetted against a million stars, the crowd roars in a way that few comedians will ever hear. ... All right-thinking people will cherish his self-deprecating charm, his free associating wit, his rampant xenophobia.''

Izzard set for Circle (01.14.00)
By Robert Hofler

NEW YORK (Variety) - Last year, he was Lenny Bruce on the West End. Now he's back to being Eddie Izzard in his new one-man show, ``Circle,'' which begins its North America tour in Torontoon Feb. 29 at the Barthurst Street Theater.

From there, the writer-comedian takes ``Circle'' to Boston's 57th Street Theater (March 7-11), Chicago's Royal George Theater (March 14-25), Philadelphia's Painted Bride Theater (March28-April 1) and New York's Westbeth Theater (April 4-8).

Izzard toured the U.K. in ``Circle'' after his 12-week run in Peter Hall's production of Julian Barry's play ``Lenny'' at the Queen's Theater in London. His last one-man show, ``Dress to Kill'' was filmed for HBOand aired last summer.