At first sight, our next show looks absolutely brilliant – it’s Michael Burgos’ one-man play, The Eulogy, written and performed by the man himself on at Belly Button @ Underbelly, Cowgate, at 20:00 on Saturday 27th. Let’s look at the blurb: “Winner: Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Winner: Quirky Award, IndyFringe 2015. ‘A comic gem’ (Washington Post). ‘Hilarious and deftly written’ (Indianapolis Star). ***** (TheatreGuide.com.au). ***** (NUVO). ***** (DCTheatreScene.com). ***** (DCMetroTheaterArts.com). A parody of a funeral, The Eulogy features a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches give anything but a proper homage. Written and performed by École Philippe Gaulier alum Michael Burgos.”
As soon as I read about this show, I was convinced it was going to be a bit of a masterpiece. With all those awards it’s got to be worth a punt. However, when I read the reviews by Fringegoers who had actually seen it, I very nearly decided to give it a miss. I’ve never seen so many poor reviews! I concluded that I would have to see for myself if it really is that bad. Check back around 9.15pm to see how bad it was and by then the preview blog for our next show should be available to read too.
A fascinating theatrical experience in many ways. IMHO, it’s neither as bad as the bad audience reviews, nor as good as the good professional reviews. Michael Burgos is a talented and creative performer looking for a vehicle – but this isn’t quite it. Whilst it has plenty of funny and enjoyable moments, it doesn’t project itself into the audience so that we get the message. A case in point – there are a number of instances where he looks for a specific response from individual audience members – and on none of these occasions did I have a clue what kind of response he was looking for, which creates an uncomfortable, embarrassing reaction. I hope Mr Burgos goes away and writes something really deserving of his talents and rises like a Phoenix next year!