Review by LIZA DEALEY-THOMASONJune 24, 2023 certified reviewer
What I liked
Dan’s writing is nothing short of genius. The skill he employs appears effortless as he crafts hilarious call backs, themes, and terminator metaphors that left me and the audience in stitches. My personal favorite was his Scottish Wild man – soul character and his french devil. He’s purely a skilled performer! Incredible with dialects and just a master of holding people’s attention on stage and making it look easy. He was speaking like a pastor and the audience became his church. He created the perfect balance of comedy and true wisdom of what it means to have a relationship with God.
What I didn't like
MORE SHOWS! I can’t think of one critique. It was a perfect performance.
My overall impression
Overall, this was THE BEST SHOW I have seen at fringe, starring the best male performance I got the privilege of witnessing at fringe. Dan’s charisma, vulnerability, and genuine care for humanity and the wellbeing of his audience was evident throughout the entire show; especially at the climactic moment at the end where we collectively yelled the F word; letting go of our personal demons and resistance against religion. No show left me with as many tear stains or reminded me more of the cathartic power of theatre to heal. Missionary Positions was a safe space to questions, to criticize, and to laugh at he absolute absurdity that is the human condition, organized religion, and indeed ourself. I am SO glad I got to experience this show. From start to finish, it grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go.