Mascot/Dr. Huckleberry Explains Very Little For You! 3502-4 N. Elston Saturday Feb 5th & 12th Facebook Event
How often does this thought cross your mind: “I’m in the mood for some good, old fashioned thea-ter. I think I’ll go see a play, because I’m all sophisticated and crap.”
Never. You never think that. Never ever. You don’t think that because you’re a piece of shit. We all are. We’re all pieces of shit who would rather go get drunk at some dingy bar that charges too much for Miller Lite while watching a reading we’ll forget by the time we curse our hangover the next day than go to a play.
Well, my friends. They have finally made a couple of plays for us and they’re called Mascot, and Dr. Huckleberry Explains Very Little For You! You only have the next two Saturdays to check them out. After that they’re gone. Forever. So go!
Mascot, written by Chris Bower, directed by Kevlyn Hayes, and starring Matt Test, tells the tale of a father who loves two things over all else: football and his son. In that order. With his free time he watches his son’s high school football games… until he’s banned for being an asshole that is. After his wife divorces him, claiming he threatened her (won’t reveal how, that little entertaining detail you gotta see for yourself), he’s got little to lose. No wife. No football. What’s a man to do? Coolest part of the show is when he puts on a bear costume. Why? Go see the thing.
Seriously though, the play was well done. It’s a one man show with Mr. Test working as the mouth piece for Bower’s hilariously awkward lines, delivering each and every one to its fullest potential. Even if there were other characters and actors in the play, Matt Test would steal the show. It’s just too fun to laugh at him. And Bower? He could make child porn funny (he does, actually), and that takes talent. People never laugh at that shit.
Dr. Huckleberry Explains Very Little For You, written by Mark Chrisler, starring Brian Nemtusak and Kevlyn Hayes, and also directed by Kevlyn Hayes, is a really clever idea that goes on for the perfect amount of time. Dr. Huckleberry, it seems, has done something foolish. He’s gone and sold his soul to a Demon. Not for booze, women, fame, money, nothing like that. He’s sold his soul for one truly genius thought. He’s only got forty-two thoughts left though, and the Demon’s come to collect.
This is probably one of the shortest plays you’ll ever see. The actors use their time well, no dialogue is wasted, but the empty silences go a long way, making this short play pretty damn great. The actors really work well together here. Nemtusak’s lack of movement for most of the play, with the occasional burst of gestures, works really well when compared to Hayes, who is constantly moving around. It creates a good energy between the two that they hold throughout the entire piece. It’s clever and short and funny so go see it!
I feel I should also mention the Prop THTR. As far as theaters go, it’s a little hole in the wall. But the kind of hole you want to curl up in and never leave. It’s got character and sells beer and candy. It’s small, but I’d prefer to say intimate, because of how cool the atmosphere is. This is the kind of place everyone should experience.
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