Rob Jansen as The Tramp.

Rob Jansen.

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THE TRAMP’S NEW WORLD presented by Diogenes Theatre Company through June 13. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Saturday performance.

It’s always exciting to see an actor come “home” to Cincinnati. Rob Jansen, a Cincinnati native, spent six seasons as a resident artist with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. During that time, he also performed with Know Theatre of Cincinnati (CORPUS CHRISTI, ANGELS IN AMERICA: PART I AND II) and the missed but not forgotten, New Stage Collective (DYING CITY).

Rob Jansen.

Rob Jansen.

Jansen, who also adapted and wrote the piece, is engrossing to watch. The comedy, energy and physicality he brings to the role does much to embody the iconic character. The endearing aspect of the character is there as well, but there were a few times when I felt his intensity in the performance overshadowed the childlike quality of the tramp.

I enjoyed the assortment of meager possessions the Tramp travels with. The audio/visual elements of the piece also worked well, especially the silent film. The intimacy of the seating also serves the show well.

I did feel that the show started off a bit sluggish, but once pass the “entrance,” the show enjoyed a nice, leisurely pace.

More of a performance piece than a performance, Jansen shines in this quirky and fun solo work.

My rating: 4.0 out of 5

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