Shaky home movie footage of a small town, as viewed from the passenger seat of a car, is projected before our narrator walks up to a music stand with his notes. Ominously hanging upstage is a straightjacket.
At first David Michael Taylor’s reminiscences of growing up (and desperately trying to escape) an abusive home life in dreary Moundsville, West Virginia reads like a speedily-delivered lecture dotted with stand-up comedy punchlines.
Taylor’s comedic timing and confessional style becomes seductively compelling, eventually drawing you in with his wry, ironic observations and sparks of mild sarcasm. He gets you laughing harder than you’d imagine at a guy who flirted with insanity.
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ArtsBeatLA HIT LIST:
FRIDAY, June 8
SATURDAY, June 9
NO WAY AROUND BUT THROUGH – Falcon Theater, Toluca Lake
SUNDAY, June 10
JENNIFER ANISTON STOLE MY LIFE – unreviewed
Tuesday, June 12
BEFORE THE RED TREES COME 916A Formosa
FRIDAY June 15
MIXED PERSONALITY DISORDERS – Theatre Asylum
POOL (NO WATER) – Flight Theatre at The Complex
FILTHY LIARS – The Complex – East Theater
SATURDAY June 16
FOUR CLOWNS: THAT BEAUTIFUL LAUGH – Open Fist Theater
MONDAY, June 18
TUESDAY, June 19
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – Pantages (not Fringe)
THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM – Rogue Machine (not Fringe)
WHERE THE GREAT ONES RUN – Rogue Machine (not Fringe)
FRIDAY June 22
LOST MOON RADIO
SATURDAY June 23
MISSION TO MATE – unreviewed