by Mavis Manus
Its nerd heaven at the Geffen Playhouse, with magician and New York Times cruciverbalist (crossword-puzzle creator) David Kwong at the center of it.
charismatic solo performer, has brought his traveling show THE ENIGMATIST
to L.A. after a successful 2019 New York run. Kwong does all kinds of
magic tricks (with cards, dollar bills, spoons, cell phones, videos, etc.)
while addressing the audience in a crisp, lightly comic way. What distinguishes
him from other magicians is his superior intellect, his deft way with
cryptology and Scrabble. Thats right, Scrabble: the game his mother
taught him when he was seven. He now plays the game on the Master level
and proves it by creating a crossword puzzle using only Scrabble words
right before our eyes (on a video screen)-in less than three minutes!
a set designed to resemble a living room and with the (masked) audience
sitting at tables in cabaret fashion, Kwong prowled the stage, pulling
off one dazzling trick after another, often with the help of audience
members. It made for an enjoyable and remarkable evening.