The Last Straight Man in Theatre: Brilliantly weird

The Last Straight Man in Theatre
Kurt Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn, NY
Venue 1 - Spriet Theatre
Written by Kurt Fitzpatrick
Featuring: Kurt Fitzpatrick
Warnings: Adult Content
Runs Fri., June 7 - 9:30 p.m., Sun., June 9 - 3:00 p.m., Wed., June 12 - 8:00 p.m., Fri., June 14 - 6:00p.m., Sat., June 15 - 8:00p.m., Sun., June 16 - 3:30 p.m.
Approximate running time: 60 min

Kurt Fitzpatrick is a mad man! His bizarre, out of the box one man show is hilarious, brilliantly weird and extremely entertaining.

I left the theatre feeling violated and very confused. Also, GIANT CATS? Kurt is a true fringe performer – the house on opening night was filled with other actors from both local and international shows and I felt like he let me in on the joke they all knew. The show uses pre-recorded projection to allow this man of many voices to talk to a number of different wacky characters both on and off screen, all played by him. The projection was used to great effect and although I was worried it might become a crutch or gimmick it never did.

His timing is impeccable. His performance feels spontaneous and fresh but it’s clear that he is very well rehearsed, delivering a clean and sharp play.

The show seemed to lag at times and bits went on too long but he kept us guessing and never used the same trick twice. So, there were a few times when I was checking my watch but others when I was doubled over laughing. Though the plot is by no means the focal point of the show and it’s not really meant to be followed, it’s clever both in its structure and in its telling. The show is one of a kind for sure. It was sort of like Kurt said - “I’m going to do this, and you’re going to watch, and we’ll see what happens.”

This show definitely isn’t for everyone. The language and content is for a mature audience and if you’re not open minded, I mean wide open minded, this show isn’t for you. If you’re brave and you want a show that will have you reeling for days (also it helps if you like cats) then go and see The Last Straight Man in Theatre. It’s an experience.

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Ryan Cole is a local actor, director and founding member of Richmond and Tower Productions.

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