Saturday, September 05, 2009

How Theater Failed America | Show | 2009 Philly Live Arts & Fringe :: Philadelphia City Paper:

Beginning like a standup comedy routine (though Mike Daisey sits at a table the entire time) and featuring personal tales filled with pathos, How Theater Failed America winds up as a stinging indictment of how we failed theater through corporatization, freeze-dried actors and devaluation of the arts. Daisey peppers the show with inside baseball about how theater really works, behind the velvet curtain. It ain’t pretty. Frequently hilarious and reminiscent of Spalding Gray or Eric Bogosian, Daisey is a riveting monologist with terrific acting chops -- his facial expressions alone are worth the price admission.