The Last PowerPoint

solo performance · walk a mile works · Ages 13+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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Review by ERIK BLAIR

June 23, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

The general premise of the show is a great idea. Take someone who is attempting to sell a very strange product and then have everything possible go wrong with even the sales attempt. I wasn’t sure what I was going to see here—and what I got was far stranger than I’d even contemplated. That’s a compliment.

What I didn't like

There is one thing that I kept thinking when I was watching this—and that is about the ‘asides’/‘monologues’ that occur where the main character is discussing how his presentation is failing.

Each time this happened (and it happened quite a bit), the lights would change and the actor would be somewhere on stage. And yet, the monologues sounded like the actor was talking to himself narratively. So I kept feeling like those should be happening BACKSTAGE with a microphone so that we were just hearing the audio and not seeing him.

Because the rest of the scenes were so DELIBERATELY aimed at us, the monologues ALSO being on stage kept pulling me out of the moment of the presentation and made the entire thing feel ‘theatrical’ instead of a real ‘failed presentation’.

My overall impression

A truly amusing idea that was, for the most part, very well executed. While I have a small quibble with one consistent choice made throughout the show, in general I found it be a neat and fun concept that had surprising depth hidden below its ‘failed’ presentation.

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