Mark Taper Forum replaces 'Butler' with 'Humor Abuse'

Mark Taper Forum replaces 'Butler' with 'Humor Abuse'
Lorenzo Pisoni in "Humor Abuse." (Mark Garvin)

The Mark Taper Forum has scratched a new revival of Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" from its schedule and replaced it with the traveling solo show "Humor Abuse." Center Theatre Group, which announced the switch Thursday, said the change was due to a "scheduling conflict."

A spokeswoman for the company did not elaborate on the nature of the conflict when asked about it. She said that "What the Butler Saw" is being postponed to a future season.


"What the Butler Saw" had been scheduled to run at the Taper from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3.  The production was to have been an original CTG revival, staged by British director John Tillinger, who has previously directed the play.

"Humor Abuse" -- a one-man show starring Lorenzo Pisoni that recounts his experiences growing up in a circus environment -- is slated to run at the Taper Sept. 17 to Nov. 3, with an opening on Sept. 21.

"Humor Abuse" has been performed in various cities including New York, in association with the Manhattan Theatre Club; San Francisco, at the American Conservatory Theatre; Seattle, at the Seattle Repertory Theatre; and Philadelphia, at the Philadelphia Theatre Co.