Life is Too Good to Be True
Not quite the whole truth from show examining Stephen Glass, Barbara Ehrenreich and Lady Gaga
This article is from 2012.
The place of truth, lies, delusion and self-realisation in our individual lives and within society as a whole is the big theme tackled in this one-man show that begins modestly and ends with a high-camp finale. Written and performed by Gable Roelofsen and directed by Romy Roelofsen, the show utilises the experiences of three disparate Americans – Stephen Glass, the journalist who was outed for making up stories for respected magazine The New Republic, Barbara Ehrenreich, breast cancer survivor and author of the anti-positive thinking treatise Bright-Sided, and Lady Gaga, the unhappy high-school kid who reinvented herself as a pop diva – to illustrate how honesty and dishonesty can both be used to good and bad ends, depending on the context.
Unfortunately, as the show builds to its musical finale, this complex issue is reduced to the somewhat clichéd, if not necessarily untrue, conclusion that being true to oneself is what counts most in our lives. This is a show that doesn’t quite live up to its initial promise.
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