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John Leguizamo’s new solo show heading to La Jolla Playhouse

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He voices the character of Sid, the maladroit sloth, in the popular animated ‘Ice Age’ movies. But you’ll want to keep the kids away -- far away -- from John Leguizamo’s latest project. When it comes to the actor’s solo stage shows, it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t expect much in the way of gentility, restraint or family-appropriate material.

Leguizamo -- whose ‘Sexaholic,’ ‘Freak,’ ‘Spic-o-rama’ have played both on Broadway and off-Broadway -- is a garrulous and frequently in-your-face performer who mixes comedy and raw autobiographical catharsis.

His latest stage show, titled ‘John Leguizamo Diary of a Madman,’ is set for a 10-day workshop run at the La Jolla Playhouse in March 2010. (The theater recommends audiences 17 and older.) The production is part of the company’s Page to Stage series that provides audiences with an early glimpse of work-in-progress stage productions.

‘Madman’ tells the story of Leguizamo’s adolescent years in Queens, N.Y., followed by his early days as an actor and his subsequent career in the ‘80s avant-garde theater scene and in the movies.

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Performances are scheduled to take place from March 4 to 14. Past productions in the company’s Page to Stage series include ‘I Am My Own Wife,’ ‘The Farnsworth Invention,’ ‘The Night Watcher’ and ‘700 Sundays...Billy Crystal...A Life In Progress.’

There’s no official word yet on where Leguizamo will take the production following the La Jolla run. But we can assume, judging from his past record, that a New York engagement is probably in the cards.

-- David Ng

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