Stefan Golaszewski is A Widower (4 stars)

  • The List
  • 13 August 2009

This article is from 2009.

Stefan Golaszewski is A Widower

Follow-up to mercurial performer’s 2008 Fringe hit

The multi-talented writer, actor, comedian and musician follows his award-winning one-man show Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About a Girl He Once Loved with a second monologue that tackles a similar subject, though from a very different perspective. Where the previous play concerned a teenage London lad – loosely based on the author – who fell head-over-heels for a girl who then dumped him two days later, the new one is about an old man who looks back over the years of his ruinous marriage two years after his beloved wife died in the year 2054.

The futuristic setting allows Golaszewski to pepper his bittersweet narrative with humorous asides about the fate of the Olympics, global warming and Iraq. Meanwhile, the main narrative once again swings back and forth from ecstasy to agony in a series of superbly performed crescendos.

Given the new narrative perspective, however, this is a much darker show than the one that wowed Fringe audiences last year. And having a narrator who’s a swine rather than a charmer makes it a less comfortable experience, though not one that should put people off buying a ticket. (Miles Fielder)

Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, until 30 Aug (not 24), times vary, £14–£16 (£10–£11).

Stefan Golaszewski Is a Widower

  • 4 stars

A broken one-man play. 'Cowards' (BBC Radio 4, BBC4). Total sell-out, 2005-2008. Fringe First winner, 2008. Stage Award nominee 2008. ***** (The List) ***** (ThreeWeeks) **** (Financial Times) **** (Scotsman) 'Brilliant stuff' (Guardian)

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