We all ponder our mortality at some point, whether as a precociously grim child or while staring into the abyss of an unwise ski slope or when our jowls sag toward our knees in a cruel gravitational conspiracy. But few of us are as entertaining as master performer Geoff Hoyle when we do.
Trained by Marcel Marceau’s teacher in Paris, Hoyle’s comic physicality has been legendary in the Bay Area since his days with the Pickle Family Circus. He’s performed in Paris, London, Berlin, England, and on Broadway as the original Zazu in The Lion King.
Suspects in the murder of one decomposing composer are the clarinet (“everyone knows reed instruments are sneaky”), the bass (“tired of playing the boring parts”), and the flute (“angry about having to act like birds.”) Responsible for seeing justice done is one hook-nosed inspector with a notebook and an unfortunate proclivity for accidentally snapping off the corpse’s left hand.
Better known as Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler is an irreverent Bay Area celebrity whose delightfully wrong sense of humor makes him entirely capable of writing a children’s story about a dead body. The dead body in question is the titular composer, a master of classical music now good only for rat food.