The Laguna Playhouse, which has become accustomed to one-man shows this season thanks to the musical and dramatic artistry of Hershey Felder, will continue the pattern next weekend — even though the show is titled "The Two and Only."
Actually, the complete title is "Jay Johnson: The Two and Only," and Johnson is a ventriloquist. A Tony award-winning ventriloquist with Broadway credits, that is.
In town for eight performances, June 11 to 20, Johnson will bring plenty of characters with him, and, the playhouse promises he "will take audiences on a surprising and emotionally touching journey."
The featured player in his trunk is Darwin, a smart-mouthed monkey that Johnson calls a direct reflection of his own wild side.
"That's really the inner part of my core, the unbridled soul that is primitive," the ventriloquist stated. "He can do anything because it's primitive. You don't get upset when a monkey goes crazy, because it's a monkey."