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.