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John Leguizamo and ‘Ghetto Klown’ coming to the Ricardo Montalban Theatre

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‘Ghetto Klown,’ John Leguizamo’s latest one-man show, will open Oct. 2 at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood.

The play, which ended a limited engagement on Broadway this month, describes the Obie- and Emmy-winning actor’s often-bumpy journey from Queens to Hollywood.

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Besides his eclectic film and television work, Leguizamo is known for his uninhibited, high-octane solo pieces and their depictions of colorful characters and experiences from his life. He burst onto the New York theater scene two decades ago with ‘Mambo Mouth,’ followed by ‘Spic-O-Rama,’ ‘Freak,’ ‘Sexaholix ... A Love Story’ and ‘Ghetto Klown.’

With his newest show, Leguizamo told The Times in March, ‘the goal was to create an opus magnum. To go more raw, more honest, deeper and wilder than I’d ever done before. I tried to be as ruthless with myself in that as I could.’

‘Ghetto Klown,’ which is directed by Fisher Stevens, will close Oct. 16. Tickets will go on sale July 31.

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-- Karen Wada


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