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The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Irene Diamond Stage

Old Hats

Old Hats, The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Irene Diamond Stage, NYC Show Poster
The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Irene Diamond Stage

480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019

1 Intermission
Important Dates
Jan 26, 2016
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Bill Irwin and David Shiner return to the stage with their inimitable magic, slapstick and hilarity.


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Clowning duo Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s newest comedy collaboration, Old Hats is a mixed bag of silly sketches, magic tricks, music and even a dance step or two. Featuring live music by singer-songwriter Nellie McKay and her four-piece band, Old Hats is a whimsical tribute to old-school vaudeville with a tip of the hat to modern technology.

Critics’ Reviews

The duo’s new sampler finds them as supple and elastic as ever—and that goes for their creative brains and body language...the mix of hocus-pocus, humor and heart makes it stand out.

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News

What makes an evening with Irwin and Shiner so special is how profoundly they complement one another. They do the same thing—make us laugh hysterically—but they reach our funny bones via different channels...together, Irwin and Shiner run the full gamut of the ways physical comedy can speak to an audience.

Review by Lisa Jo Sagolla from Backstage

Cast & Creative


  • Performer
    Bill Irwin
  • Performer
    David Shiner
  • Performer
    Shaina Taub


  • Created by
    Bill Irwin and David Shiner
  • Music and Lyrics
    Shaina Taub
  • Director
    Tina Landau
  • Set and Costume Designer
    G.W. Mercier
  • Lighting Designer
    Peter Kaczorowski
  • Sound Designer
    John Gromada

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Old Hats Like?
In Old Hats, Irwin and Shiner embody a variety of kooky characters, including two guffawing politicians, a sleezy magician and his jealous assistant (Irwin, in drag), a down-on-his-luck hobo, a spaghetti-slinging chef and two feuding businessmen waiting for a train. Featuring McKay’s soulful and satirical tunes, Old Hats is a delightful evening of music and comedy. With a runtime of one hour and 50 minutes, Old Hats flies by—we were too busy laughing to look at our watches.

Is Old Hats Good For Kids?
Old Hats contains a few off-color gags, so it’s not an ideal show for young children. Older teens will get a kick out of Irwin and Shiner’s hilarious (although at times, PG-13) antics.