Theatre or comedy? Funny or unfunny?
This article is from 2007.
Is Andrew O’Neill rock or folk? He has the heavy metal chains but he also has long hair and black framed glasses. He has a V-shaped guitar, but it’s acoustic instead of electric. More importantly, is this a comedy show or surrealist theatre? The answer to all of the above is unclear. The act is constructed of two components; one is a normal stand-up set, the other, we are informed, is based inside the mind of a dying five-year-old child named David. While the David monologues are nicely written, it’s confusing as to how it relates to the rest of the performance, which is a rambling absurdest conversation about everything from celebrities to Christianity.
If anything, O’Neill has too many ideas he is trying to accommodate which loses sight of the jokes. But take away the random asides and O’Neill is capable of funny one-liners such as ‘Condoleezza Rice’s middle name? “With”’ and creative ideas like a porn site for children which would feature ‘nice photos of cool lunch boxes’. The end result is a jarring show for all its dark and dippy moments which leaves its audience bewildered. (Emma Lennox)
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