THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE

comedy · the naked plumber · Ages 18+ · flashing lights · includes nudity · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 08, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

The “Human[oid]” concept is a creative one and is hysterically brought to life through use of brilliant costume choices that mock our current possessiveness and pride in “dressing” out cellular devices. Raunchy directing choices to include impassioned kisses, porn and dildos grounded the story to make it believable, relatable, and real.

What I didn't like

The setting after the scene changed to the Human[oid] straying from the apartment and venturing into the streets was unclear. I did not know if the homeless guitar player was in her apartment because no set pieces moved, and lighting or sound changes were not obvious. The change cup was then left on stage while an apartment scene took place afterwards, combining two worlds. This prompted confusion for me as an audience member.

My overall impression

The Human[oid] Experience was a bold and inspired theatrical rendering of extremely relatable themes surrounding how to navigate love, a career and one’s existence as a young adult in the age of technology. Each actor, including playwright Corduroy Chapman himself, worked from a place of specificity, focus, and commitment to the text to bring out its timeless humanity of what it means to be alive and confused.

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