Sex, Drugs and Rock´n´Roll

Laura Hughes reviews this adaptation of Eric Bogosian´s one man show Staff

Written by Staff Published on 31.05.2010 09:33:28 (updated on 31.05.2010) Reading time: 1 minute

The only classic text of this year´s Fringe, Akanda´s revival of the scandalously popular one man show stays safely true to the original vision of Eric Bogosian´s 1990 production.

It portrays a bleakly funny landscape of the Western world, through such recognizable, albeit now stereotypical characters as a socially conscious rock star, a cerebral panhandler, an aging environmentalist and a dropout from the 60´s. Depravity, shame, the malaise of modern man, indulgence and ensuing mental inertia are paraded gallantly before the audience throughout; unabashedly highlighted by the uncomfortably close physical parameters between audience and actors.

The show´s montage monologue starts well but loses its effectiveness towards the end, due mainly to the characters becoming repetitive. Leave your decency at the door, and hopefully it will still be intact enough to collect on the way out.

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