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September 23, 2010

Back to Basics: Buster Keaton at Coolidge Corner Theatre - Accompanied live by Peter Blanchette
by WomenInComedy - 0

It's always a good idea to look back to the silent era for inspiration in going beyond the the static, talking-head variety of comedy that leaves behind the rich tradition of physical comedy from silent films. While you'd be hard-pressed to find a modern physical comedian held in such high esteem, artists like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are universally revered for their masterful work.

Now those of you who live in or near Boston, MA, have a rare opportunity to see the classic silent Buster Keaton film "Steamboat Bill, Jr." at the historic Coolidge Corner Theatre in equally historic Brookline, MA (John F. Kennedy's birthplace is only two blocks from the theater.)

As part of its Sounds of Silents series, Coolidge Corner Theatre will present a special screening of the 1928 silent film classic "Steamboat Bill, Jr." with a newly composed score performed live by Peter Blanchette, on Monday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. 

About the accompanist, from the Coolidge's site: "Peter Blanchette, composer, producer and guitar innovator dynamically scores this combination of Jazz Age surrealism and knee-slapping vaudeville shtick with music that blends avant-garde classical, honky-tonk and Americana. Using computer assist with live performance of electric guitar, banjo, electric dulcimer, mandolin, piano, voice and his trademark archguitar, he creates a high-tech tour de force."  

Tickets are $20/general admission and $17/students, seniors, and Coolidge Corner Theatre members.  Advance tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office, 290 Harvard StreetBrookline.  For more information visit the website or call (617) 734-2500. 


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