How To Be A Rock Star

musicals and operas · what is "phone rings, door chimes, in comes?" · Ages 18+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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June 09, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Right, so this show should be experienced as blindly as possible, so I’m going to speak in the most annoyingly vague way known to mankind.

Know that there is audience participation. Also know that you’re in good hands with Sam.

I think this is what art is?

Various things happen in the background while Sam performs – whether it’s equipment being moved around, an audience member doing something on stage, or some sort of special effect. It’s all very postmodern with Sam being willing to call attention to the artificial nature of the performance and remarking on his own abilities when he doesn’t land a chord just right.

Fourth wall? What fourth wall? The fourth wall is for sissies.

The songs are solid too – gentle, warm, folksy, often with the theme of loneliness.

I don’t think you’ll see anything else quite like this. The ending alone is worth the price of entry.

What I didn't like

It’s hard to say what needs to be improved when a production has this clarity of intent. It’s very much its own thing and either you’re going to be sucked in or you’re going to bounce right off.

And that’s just the chance you’re going to have to take, my friend.

My overall impression

This show is unlike anything you will ever experience. All I have to say is that you should go check it out and just sit along for the odd, perplexing, and heartfelt ride.

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