The great mimes have been white. Hayward Coleman is the first black to join the mime Pantheon. The French call him "Le Nijinski du Mime." His technique is mime Yoga which has been aptly described as "meditation in motion." But don't start nodding off. You don't have to be a Tibetan Buddhist to be enthralled by Coleman's altered states.
His show is called "Across the Way" (and shares a double bill with a strong solo performance by actress Eve Sigall entitled "Apartment"). The production performs only the next three late Saturday nights at 2nd Stage, and it's a must.
Coleman is a mime who talks a little (jocularly setting up routines). His manner is winsome, sublime, beguiling. He's a sly comic and gymnast/acrobat, seemingly weightless and jointless.
Unlike Marcel Marceau, with whom he studied, Coleman weds Eastern influences (such as Bhagavad Gita) to his practice of mind control. He becomes whatever he sees: warrior, swimmer, astronaut, liberated woman, macho man.