Geffen Playhouse extends “The Present” magic show until October 10

It’s quite a trick to stage a hit magic show during a pandemic when theaters are closed, but Geffen Playhouse pulled it off. “The Present”, which is staged via Zoom and features the amazing card tricks of Portuguese-born illusionist Helder Guimarães, has been extended for the third time, until October 10.

The sold-out production is broadcast live from Guimarães’ apartment, filmed by her fiancé and directed by Oscar-nominated producer and director Frank Marshall, whose blockbusters include films from the ‘Indiana Jones’, ‘Bourne’ and Jurassic Park. .

It presents a compelling account of Guimarães’ own experience with midlife decades ago as he recuperated at home after being hit by a car as a child. But it’s the tricks, the ones audiences ultimately perform at home using items mailed to them in a little box by the Geffen, that have jaws dropping and raving reviews.

The interactive experience manages to temporarily ease the isolation of social distancing, and many moviegoers unable to catch the shows they’ve been looking forward to at their local theaters are grateful for the opportunity to feel connected with an artist and other members of the public.

The show, which opened its doors at the beginning of May, welcomes 25 households per show, for nine shows per week. The last extension took place until August 16. Tickets for the newly added dates will go on sale on the Geffen Playhouse website at 10 a.m. June 15.

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Brian L. Hartfield