I wasn't sure what to expect going into this performance, but I was pleasantly surprised and very entertained. The performance style is simple yet hard-hitting, and David's engaging recount of a very real and chaotic upbringing is both cringe-inducing and hilarious. At times you find yourself shaking your head in disbelief thinking, "How could all of THAT happen to one person??" But apparently it did, and it's worth it to sit for an hour and thank your lucky stars you weren't born in Moundsville!...
I can always tell how I feel about a show when I find myself retelling it to someone else. If I didn't care for it, I tend to push it out of my mind and move one. If I love it, I can't stop talking about it. This morning I found myself telling David's story to my son on the phone - for no particular reason, just that I'd seen the most interesting show this past weekend and had to tell him about it. I think he's already the third person this week who has heard me retelling David's tragic and yet triumphant and very interesting story. The best part of David's story is that it isn't over yet - he's fabulous and I can't wait to see what comes up next for him in life because he's a wonderful story teller and kept me entertained the whole time...
I absolutely LOVED this show! It was absolutely fantastic. David is an incredible storyteller. The writing reminded me of the best of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs. And his comic timing is impeccable. Bravo!...
Mixed Personality Disorder – review by Pauline Adamek.
*** This review first appeared in LA Weekly, Fringe - HFF 2012 ***
Shaky home movie footage of a small town, as viewed from the passenger seat of a car, is projected before our narrator walks up to a music stand with his notes. Ominously hanging upstage is a straightjacket.
At first David Michael Taylor’s reminiscences of growing up (and desperately trying to escape) an abusive homelife in dreary Moundsville, West Virginia reads like a speedily-delivered lecture dotted with stand-up comedy punchlines.
Taylor’s comedic timing and confessional style becomes seductively compelling, eventually drawing you in with his wry, ironic observations and sparks of mild sarcasm.
certified reviewerJune 19, 2012
Extremely simple in its staging, yet endlessly complex in the lives it explores, this play is one worth witnessing.
Compassionate and honest, "Mixed Personality Disorders" offers an unflinching and frank portrait of a life lit by the fever of leaving, the necessary desire to escape that which we know in exchange for that which we truly desire.
You may cringe and you may shake your head. You will laugh. You will be affected. This is the true story of a life. Warts and all, it is laid bare before us.
See this play. It is a quiet, forthright examination of confusion, desire, ambition, love, family and other things that make us human....
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this show.. One man and one amazing heart felt story. I was in awe of Mr Taylor's story-telling skills. Utterly engaging!!!! Both moving and funny and totally insightful. Highly recommend this show. ...
Taylor is an engaging storyteller -- and what stories he has to tell! By turns hilarious, tragic and moving, he and the show never wallow in self-pity or indulgence (rare for solo performance). I left wanting more -- how often can you say that about theatre in L.A.?...