A HORSE WITH A VIEW
Last year Christopher Piehler delighted audiences with Reserve Champion, an autobiographical tale of how as a young boy he fell in love with horses.
That love affair continues in A Horse with a View, a quartet of tales in which women break his heart and horses heal it. Piehler tells his adventures of horseback riding vacations among the “roos” in Australia, of sinking in Scottish bogs, and of how he disappointed everyone in Hungary by not being German.
The show displays the winning blend of humor and sincerity that both endears and amuses his audiences. Directed by Thomas James O’Leary with the same aplomb he evidenced last year in Reserve Champion.
The call: GOLD
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The celebrated writer and humorist begins the evening by dying in a hail of bullets from a police shootout that then evolves into your classic porno flick with the sound of a zipper preceding an officer bringing out, for inspection, his lethal weapon.
Later in the evening Mr. Twain accidently immolates himself.
While historical validity is not perhaps a high point here, Ed Goodman’s interpretation of Twain is truly an uncanny experience and one must constantly remind themselves they are only watching a consummate actor recreating his role from last year’s The Poe Show, otherwise you would swear that on stage it really was Ed Norton in a silly wig.
Cheap laughs abound.
Goodman’s off the cuff impeccable timing and his reverence for the irreverent supplies so much merriment that you almost want to grab a broom and kill it.
But don’t do that, just sit back and laugh.
The call: SILVER
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EVERYONE HATES MARTIN SHKRELI
If you don’t know who Martin Shkreli is – you should. He’s the poster boy for that cancer which is rotting away at the American soul even as you read this. In September of 2015 Turing Pharmaceuticals, of which Shkreli was the founder and CEO, obtained the license for manufacturing Daraprim an antiparasitic drug needed by AIDS sufferers.
Shkreli increased the drugs price from $13 per tablet to $750 per tablet demonstrating unfortunately that the benefits of evolution are not shared by all humankind. Sarah Rosenberg’s “one scum show” is brilliant in its simplicity. An audience member is chosen to read the part of the interviewer to her “Martin Shkreli.”
For fighting the good fight: SILVER
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