Mr. Chonkers

Solo Show · john norris · Ages 16+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by JULIA SANDERS

June 25, 2022 certified reviewer
tagged as: Absurdist · clown

What I liked

The opening was so patient and fun; it felt like an inside joke and bonded me with whoever was going to emerge off the bat.

How Norris conducted his entire show by himself, including tech from his tablet, was done not just tactfully but comedically and with grace. Such as how he handles the intro recording, he blurs the lines between the necessities of reality and the theatrical adventure before us, creating a smooth threshold for the audience to pop! slip right into his world effortlessly. I was on board right away.

Our hero was a delightful blend of hope and defeated self-awareness. He hopped between various layers of worlds easily, and as an audience member, I always felt very seen and cared for.

What I didn't like

There was something going on with the tempo of the middle/end of the repeated bit, can’t quite put my finger on it but it feels like he is aware and working through it, which only contributed to the refreshing intimacy of the show.

My overall impression

What a gift! The first time I’ve lost myself in laughter all year. The way Norris plays is joyful and bizarre while feeling both calculated and reckless.

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