Also playing at DuoFest 3:
All Your Science
Curtains of Night
Great discussion, y'all...glad to see ALL of the opinions of the spunky women in our diverse music scene. I love you all! Every woman, man and barnyard animal that has the guts to get onstage and show 'em what you got is an inspiration to me.
I think Dobbs Ariel misses the point on some of these monologues by judging them by whether they were humorous or not. Eric Bogosian is not a comedian, he does more social commentary. Alguire is an amazing actor for sure, and I'm in awe of his high energy performances, but personally, my favorite characters were the less humorous and attention getting characters...the ones that didn't make you laugh so much, but made you think, and feel some sharp sadness and examine own on judgements on people less fortunate. I actually wouldn't call Bottleman "pathetic". I found it moving how he had it so bad, but tried to walk on the sunny side. It's more than I can say for myself half the time. The comment on the first monologue, the panhandler: "Maybe Bogosian thought he was stretching this out, exaggerating the essential absurdity of the bum's non-logic until was amusing...". I think it's more like exaggerating the essential absurdity of the bum's "non-logic" until we can see that it actually does contain some logic. He's not aiming for humor, but rather truth, and that we can see the truths of ourselves in these characters. We are all "pathetic" in a way. It's the human condition. I think Bogosian, and this cast, did a great job of showing, through these characters, what a mix of conflicting energies we all have. That's the conclusion I came too...not that "the world is full of weak, crude and crazy folks who make great subjects for satire". It makes me a little sad to think that's how some people see it.
How about "Judgemental Music Journalist Cool"? I think you forgot that one...Careful of putting people in neat little categories and turning them into cartoon characters that you manipulate with your words...it's cheap and easy, but not very honest or real, and not really even very entertainig. Mostly just annoying.
Wow--this was such a riveting article--really, really well done. Put it this way, I'm a musician not really even all that interested in jazz and I was glued to the page and so inspired I almost wanted to go enroll in the program!
This is beautifully written, Grayson. I really felt like I got to know this guy, and I liked him, could relate to him. I dug his music too. Thanks!
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