Barking Pig

theatre · orgasmico theatre company · Ages 18+ · United States

includes nudity world premiere
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June 25, 2011 certified reviewer

My overall impression

I really wanted to like this show. I like absurdist theatre, I love wacky characters, I adore shows with built-in drinking games.

But from the brusque box office guy, to the almost apologetic curtain speech (“If you want, raise a beer when anyone says ‘To Jake.’ (shrug) I mean, that’s the idea, anyway.” (shrug)), to the fairly static blocking, over-long script, out-of-tune guitar, odd casting choices, and uneven energy levels… I just never managed to connect with this show.

That said, although some of the cast seemed mis-cast, which amplified the overall amateurishness — the guy they comment on losing his hair, clearly has a full head of hair. The ‘unattractive goth chick with cankles" has none of those attributes. I’d say, cut the references or cast someone else. — each person in the show had at least one moment where they brought something to their character that brightened up the show momentarily, and I would gladly see a different play with all of those people in it.

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