February 26, 1993
by FRANK RICH
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To that short list of unbeatable combinations that includes bacon and eggs, bourbon and soda, and Laurel and Hardy, you can now add Shiner and Irwin.
"Fool Moon," the show that David Shiner and Bill Irwin have brought to the Richard Rodgers Theater, proves that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts even when the parts are as great as these two beloved clowns. Call the phenomenon comic combustion, or maybe fools' fission. Whatever the magic at play, "Fool Moon" is a meltdown for the audience, whose laughter pauses only long enough to permit the savoring of such emotions as wide-eyed wonder and sheer joy.
NOTE: Fool Moon won a Special Tony Award For Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999.