Solo Show · michael david ker · Ages 14+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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June 16, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Ker’s dry, rambling style leavens the more intense passages and allows him to discover fresh connections with every performance. Even in the depths of trauma and grief, he keeps the intuitive, comedic light on.

What I didn't like

Would like to better understand Ker’s own motivations and internal journey. Also, more dancing and chanting.

My overall impression

Michael Ker’s Birthday is a cerebral and heartfelt comedic patchwork from the upside-down world of grief. It takes a sideways look at masculinity, the passive-aggressive undercurrents of family dynamics, and the shifting roles we play in the lives of those we stay close to when we lose track of our own constricting identities. It’s funny. It’s sad. It includes important reminders of what we gain when we lose everything.

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