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“From Busk Till Dawn”
Written and Performed by Tim Intravia
Directed by Rebecca Yarsin
Reviewed by Joseph Verlezza
Theatre Reviews Limited

“From Busk Till Dawn: The Life of a NYC Street Performer” is certainly derived from the source, written and performed solo by Tim Intravia, alias Silver Robot Man, a mime whom you might recognize on the streets of the New York City. In this quick, fast paced ramble about the trials and tribulations of “busking” on the streets of the ‘Big Apple,” we learn that all is not what it seems to be, qualifying that it just looks easy because it is done so well. Like viewing a character in a play peeling away the layers to expose their inner self and purpose, Intravia reveals just enough stream of self consciousness with his next door neighbor, Troy the garbage can, to let us know the extent of his lonely existence. The shared litanies of events that occur are delivered with calloused comedic flair played out behind a guise of bitterness. We are informed that the glory and glamour of a street performer does not necessarily translate into “I love what I do” rather than “I do this to survive.”

Although it is an enjoyable forty five minutes it is the pay off, the last couple of somber minutes of this entertaining sermon, that justifies any trace of anger displayed previously. This busker can paint himself silver and may be a great robot but more so has the ability and deep resources as an actor to capture a heartfelt moment and deliver it to his audience as the light fade to darkness.


Presented by The New York International Fringe Festival. Directed by Rebecca Yarsin.

WITH: Tim Intravia

All performances take place at The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street (Lafayette and Bowery) in New York, NY. Tickets are available at or 866-468-7619. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Senior and Fringe Junior tickets available at the door for $10. Running time: 50 minutes with no intermission.

Remaining Show Dates
Sunday, August 19th @ 9:45 pm
Friday, August 24th @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 25th @ 4:00 pm
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