Let me start by saying I came into this show prepared to enjoy it because I am a fan of Neil Parsons. You may recognize his name as part of the playful and talented trio that comprises The Fourth Wall Ensemble. This program shows off an entirely different and more serious side of this talented performer. And I was not disappointed.
It is a loving tribute to his father, a Vietnam combat photographer. His father’s photos form the backdrop for dramatic readings, bits of dance and musical interludes and his father’s words. The most touching part of the performance is when Neil sits and reads his father’s letters and you are instantly transported into the jungle alongside this brave and humble man.
The small the theater was full, and absolutely silent as Neil shares his thoughts on the scars that mark our journey through life. While I am not sure I understood all his artistic choices, I was carried through the performance by Neil’s passion.
Some shows at the Fringe make you laugh, some make you think, and some, like 1000 Words touch your soul.