Thursday, December 24, 2009

Stage and Cinema-The Last Cargo Cult - Mike Daisey - Off Broadway Theater Review:

Daisey's sit-down comedy is as sharp and as original as it comes, but his lack of mobility mutes the theatricality. There's so much performance and physicality from the waist up that you long to see him engaged in full-blown physical comedy. Clocking in at 90 minutes, this political show—penis sheaths notwithstanding—runs too long for its singular concept. Nonetheless, with keen observation, statistics and storytelling, Daisey captures your interest and maintains it.

On the other hand, I'd submit that the intentional, calculated minimalism of performing at the table is why even reviewers who believe they'd be better served with blocking often don't realize that the show is actually two hours long.