Neil Patrick Harris might have more than enough to keep him busy with his “How I Met Your Mother” chores and one-year-old twins at home, but he’s not neglecting the theater facet of his career. “I have a couple of things — Accomplice: Hollywood and Accomplice: New York are continuing,” he says of his inventive show-game-tour productions that involve audience members traipsing from place to place around city streets to see the action unfold. “We’re re-opening Accomplice: London. And Guy Hollingworth’s show, Expert at the Card Table may rear its head again, so I’m around.” The latter, one-man play starring the acclaimed British magician premiered in Santa Monica last year under Harris’ direction.
It was in Santa Monica that we caught up with Neil the other night, when he and man in life David Burtka were among the luminaries on hand for the opening of Cirque du Soliel’s OVO show. Also there: Hilary Swank, Jessica Chastain, Heather Graham, Ali Landry and Patrick Warburton. “I’ve seen OVO twice already so I know it to be a great show,” said Neil, a Cirque devotee. “It’s more family-friendly than many of their other shows. Sometimes they’re very esoteric and general in a wonderful, modern art kind of way. I think that OVO is very specific. You’re in with the bugs. You’re hanging out with the critters and watching them do amazing things. The costumes are great.” Plus, the fanciful insect “critters” are in comparatively close proximity to the audience, thanks to the Grand Chapiteau layout, which he likes. “I’m a big fan of immersive theater right now,” he says, “so I like the tents the same way.”