Matthew wrote: A nameless actor narrates the unfolding Event in which he is performing - explaining the conventions that shape the relationship between him, the audience and the writer whose words he speaks. The shattering of these preconceptions leads to innumerable laughs - even an apology for just how 'meta' the Event is - but, at the same time, the Event is a metaphor for the fragile conventions of the society in which we live and the meaninglessness of our daily lives. Listen to the man in the light.
Jimbo wrote: Totally engaging, humourous and thought provoking performance. Calvitto is charming.
CaptainCat wrote: Supreme. Perfect Fringe Fare!
ILive4Cheese wrote: I have to say I was a tiny bit underwhelmed leaving the theatre, but then I haven't been able to get this show out of my head! Calvitto's delivery is superb, Clancy's script seems to intuit every response you'll have an audience member - why do we do this to ourselves! Only downer is the very uncomfortably backed chairs - but he's probably aware of that too.
angela wrote: This monologue on acting, theatre and individuality might be absurdly self referential but it's witty, intelligent, touching and beautifully performed. Calvitto combines those great actorly traits, an engaging personality that draws you in and a capacity to suggest great depth. He was great. This was so clever.
Cos wrote: I was taken with the power of this playwright as well as the actor who performed it. It had many layers from an expose of the theatrical form to a challenge for modernity to find better ways to communicate with each other. I loved it.
Fringer wrote: David's performance is meticulous, polished and professional. Clancy's script is a curious melange. It begins with an assertion that Western theatre is a self-indulgent, middle-class, leisure pursuit. I think Brecht and Havel would disagree. A large chunk of the play is a longwinded, cynical, Luddite rant, reminiscent of a fundamentalist preacher in full flight, against modern communication technology arguing that it has broken down communication. Great acting - odd script.5 stars for the acting.
Kay_Today wrote: The script is clever, funny, thought provoking and surprising. Added to this was great acting to give us a memorable 'event'.
AmieK wrote: If you've ever been in a play, seen a play or reviewed a play, this show is a must see. David Calvitto engages his audience for the full length of his production, which tells a tail about one mans views on everything theatrical. The show will leave you wondering just how real theatre really is, and exactly what are performers really thinking when they stand on stage.
edam_ wrote: David Calvitto delivers a virtuoso performance in this more-than-stylish monologue deconstructing first the essence of theatre, then bursting its bounds to confront fundamental questions of our role on the cosmic stage of human existence. A remarkable and inspiring piece which appears to be about nothing but transpires to be about everything, by turns ironic, wistful, world-weary, playful and authentically hopeful. Style and substance knit together a tapestry of fascination and enchantment.
Glen_Christie wrote: The one-man show can be a burden - for the performer and for the audience. The Event, however, engages, captivates, invokes thought and engages everyone - even the crew. David Calvitto moves through this unconventional approach to theatrical convention with the ingrained knowledge of the seasoned professional. His performance - if, indeed, it is such - is timed to perfection and he holds the audience in the palm of his hand. See this and This Is A Play - by theater simple. Perfect bookends.
matteo_son wrote: a nice 'anti-play' the script and performance are perfect, so much style! David Calvitto is at such ease in his role and sleaks thru the script breaking down life and the theatre anybody with a brain still intact would see this show.
montyec wrote: A great night for those who have seen too many personally indulgent one man shows- this is the anti-one man show. It turns the genre inside out, shows you how the trick of theater is done and also makes you think. A great performance and a very clever script.
littlebrother wrote: the audience gave David Calvitto a curtain call last night. it was a terrific performance. what a play!
KateFraser wrote: Calvitto is brilliant as The Man, his sparkly eyes and intelligent performance hold The Audience's attention from beginning to end. I have no doubt I was not the only person in the room wanting to respond aloud to him on more than one occasion, but the conventions of theatre made me hold my tongue. Clever, multi-layered, thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable. Don't miss out.
heller wrote: this was exceptional. very funny and thought provoking.
tankililla_ wrote: this piece of theatre is a unique bit of genius and is a definite 10 out of 10. go and see it you won't regret it!
Vinylcutter wrote: This was a witty, perceptive play about staging an event and about us, the audience, but it moves into many layers of our lives. Calvitto is the consummate performer - warm, intelligent and very engaging. He smartly handles a clever, thought provoking script which challenges and sometimes confirms our preconceptions about nearly everything! Very funny too! I laughed out loud, nodded my agreement and I am, days later still mulling it over. FABULOUS!! SEE IT!
Madame_P wrote: This show is a real brain twister in the best possible way. And it is such a good experience. What is real, what isn't? I can't really describe the Event. You will just have to see it. The actor reflects us as individuals and society as a whole. A superb performance. Do not miss it.
Mia wrote: A peculiar but delightful deconstruction of what a theatrical performance actually is. Presented entirely in third-person narrative, this show is both deftly humorous and cognitively challenging. With many observations that will ring very true for anyone with experience in the theatre, whether as a performer or patron, it also delves into a more philosophical examination of the Main Event; life. The structure of the show is refreshing, the content at once thought provoking and funny.
CaptainCat wrote: If you love theatre as I do, this is the perfect deconstruction! The brilliant Calvitto - whom I vaguely remember from 12 Angry Men some years ago - is both charming and caustic as he deftly dissects the theatrical experience for us. It is a simple concept but exceptionally cleverly done. He almost uncannily reads our thoughts as he tells US what we are thinking - and he is right! Very VERY clever! Superbly executed. Excellent Theatre. Totally recommended!