Here There Be Dragons

solo performance · rogue elephant · Ages 18+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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SARA FENTON certified reviewer June 08, 2016
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KAT MICHELS certified reviewer June 10, 2016
tagged as: #SeeItLa · dog · georgia · philosophy · dragon · camel · solo show · storytelling
Drew Vandiver is a natural storyteller and his charisma will draw you in from the start. His story is one of disillusionment, loss, wrong paths, new beginnings and philosophy. Plus a psychic from Seattle to round things out. As the backbone of his story, Vandiver uses Nietzsche’s three metamorphoses of spiritual transformation which provides a lovely metaphorical element to his otherwise grounded story. Vandivir is joined on stage by his Ukranian dog Commodore who is adorable and has an impeccable sense of smell - I apologize again for the carne asada incident (tune into episode 2 of the See It or Skip It LA podcast to hear about that). Thankfully, Vandiver is a consummate performer and didn’t miss a beat when his cohort went exploring in... full review
RACHEL FLANAGAN discover hollywood magazine certified reviewer June 12, 2016
Drew Vandiver studied Theatre, Literature, and Mathematics and has been a sawmill worker, a bouncer, a high school teacher, an accountant, a drug dealer, an actor, manager of the world’s largest Victoria’s Secret, and a writer among many other career paths. He has quite the life experience, work experience, and flair for comedy that it is no surprise Here There Be Dragons takes through laughter and tears as he relays some of the stories from his life so far. Commodore, the Ukrainian pup that has been by Drew’s side since 2012, adds a little extra to the story with his own commentary and wandering through the audience looking for attention and a few good belly rubs. As Drew guides the audience through various touching points in his life from ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 21, 2016
For Vandiver's journey from rural Georgia to Hollywood and back again, and back again, is interesting and storied, taking in Oxford University, rehab, and managing the world's largest Victoria's Secret. The phrase "Based on a true story" would be used if this show were a movie. Vandiver and his dog Commodore are a double act in the mold of Penn and Teller; one does all the talking and the other manages to look cute and lovable. Commodore also gives this otherwise static and wordy piece some theatricality, he happily makes friends with the audience, being passed from lap to lap, until his master summons him with a soft whistle to do another scripted bit. The story is one we have heard variations of before; bright y... full review
PAUL MYRVOLD certified reviewer June 25, 2016
tagged as: Remarkable · Enthralling · uplifting
I would like to see it again.... full review