My friend turned to me and said one word, “Brilliant.” We had just watched Michael Burgos, kneeling on the stage, in his black suit, transform into the six-year-old Thomas, and the man in the casket—the man being eulogized. Thomas’s mother’s voice floated in from above, “Thomas, do you know what happened to the chocolate cake?” Thomas stared wide-eyed and shrugged. Through a series of question about the disappearance of the cake Thomas, I mean Michael, shrugged, stared, grinned, frowned, and nodded his head exactly as six-year-old Thomas would’ve. This scene alone was worth the price of admission, but there was more, a lot more.
One man of many Faces and Voices
This one-man show features a troop of characters, none of which show true remorse for the passing of Thomas, a man who clogged his arteries with 14 fried eggs every morning despite cholesterol warnings from his physician. The act begins with a pole bearer dancing onto the stage and then a shy, retiring, unassured friend of Thomas begins the eulogy with notes that although are innocent enough but are also the unflattering truth about Thomas. After a brief moment when Thomas asks an audience member to slap him out of his paralysis he transforms into a fire and brimstone gospel preacher, then the answer guy, “Its just math ya know!” followed by the Spanish seducer the would be lover of Thomas’s widow, and then the thespian reciting a dramatic soliloquy and more.
Michael makes his act look easy.
But it’s not. His body control, facial expressions, and voice inflection are masterful. I chatted with Michael after the show and asked about his journey from Virginia to the stage. His stops included London and Paris; he’s a serious student of the hardwoods. I put Michael on the spot and asked why people should come to his show he said, “First because it’s fun, but it’s more than that, the theatre offers something more—community, and you can’t get that on Netflix.” I agree. Come be part of the community at the eulogy. You don’t want to miss this show.
Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 9:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 9:00pm
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 7:30pm
Friday, August 21, 2015 – 10:30pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 6:00pm
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