Mime Time with James Direct Presents: GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD!

dance & physical theatre · james direct · Ages 5+ · family friendly · flashing lights · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by DANIEL FAIGIN

June 24, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The absurdity. Full writeup at https://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=14457

What I didn't like

The reuse of the traditional mime tropes was less impressive. Up the absurdity instead.

My overall impression

Direct’s show was a mix of that. The tropes were there, and served more to demonstrate his skill as a mime than to be particularly entertaining. But there were wonderfully absurd sketches that worked quite well. The Wedding sequence with the bells was wonderful, as was the Fish Matador sequence. Bringing in the absurdity, the unexpected, the reactions worked well. Potentially, adding some more improvisation could work too. Having the audience write situations that he then had to improvise in mime could lead to the unexpected. His show was certainly entertaining, and he was prepared and knew his material and how to get his point across without words. Full writeup at https://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=14457

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