solo performance · wtfn · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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June 20, 2017 original article

What I liked

It is important to stress previous knowledge of Kinski’s work is helpful but not necessary here. This isn’t about a single man, this show explores the depths of a passionate artist constantly frustrated by human limits.

Embodying the role of Klaus Kinski in a stunning performance, Andrew Perez explores the man as a perplexing mix of passion, creativity, heart and insanity that burned so bright it nearly destroyed everything in his path – even himself. In a show structured somewhat like a dream, Perez’s solo presence is never less than riveting. At times touching , at times… terrifying. I cannot stress enough how deeply moving, scary, sexy and disturbing Perez is in this show. The man may be part demon. (I mean that as a compliment.)

Thanks to his passionate portrayal you see the human aspect of some really horrid behavior. That’s quite an achievement.

Somewhere in the middle of the show, Kinski proclaims, “I am defending my life here in this nightmare!” In ways, that is the perfect summary of the performance Perez gives. This is a man fighting desires that he feels might consume him, living to the fullest his passions, hopes and fears. The intensity is incredible and Perez manages to convince that this is, indeed, a life and death matter.

What I didn't like

I have heard some audience members are a bit confused by the structure of the show which seems to fluctuate between portions of a previous play and a biography. Personally, I felt the performer overcomes this by making the man relatable on some level.

My overall impression

The performance of Andrew Perez as Klaus Kinski is riveting, endearing and horrifying all at once. Hands down the most amazing performance I have seen at this year’s Fringe.

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