Jack W. Batman, Margarett Perry, Greg Schaffert
And Access Theater Present
Brian Dykstra: Cornered and Alone
The Triad Theater, NYC
Written and Performed by Brian Dykstra
Directed by Margarett Perry
Set Design: Maruti Evans
Costume Design: Jennifer H. Halpern
Sound Design: Ken Hypes
Lighting Design: Thom Weaver
Press: Origlio Public Relations
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 9, 2004
Brian Dykstra is a verbal gymnast, as he enters spitting out rapid poetry, sounds like Shakespeare, with an angry, edgy tone, and it obviously relates to his hatred of the current political scene and war in Iraq. He had a receptive audience at Triad, and, in this one-man catharsis, he could have left us all satiated with biting humor on the Republicans and even a few targets in the Democratic wing. However, I feel the extended poetry, confusing at best, did not necessarily work, except to fill space prior to the show. It was like a prologue, but without the seamless transition.
Once Dykstra dispended of the poetry and began his diatribe on “Whips n’ Cheney”, “Rumsfeld ‘n Coke”, and other attack humor, he at least seemed better connected with his audience, hungry for red meat jokes. Dykstra is not Bill Maher, more politically mainstream, who appeared on Broadway and lambasted Bush, Iraq, and a few Democrats, as well. Dykstra is of a different mind, although there were occasional self-deprecating asides, referring to his wife and his finances. The loud rock music seemed to expand and enhance this over-the-edge performance, beyond enjoyment. I would have preferred jazz. The eventual intellectual humor, with news facts and opinions, sandwiched between the verbal and musical hysteria, was still daring and driven, but digestible and thought provoking. Dykstra’s show is not for everyone, but he’s highly creative, energetic, and extremely well informed. In fact, he mentioned that he watches cable news, including C-SPAN in the wee hours, so as not to miss political nuance or analysis. Dykstra has the potential for a great new show, should the November Presidential election require much more effort from the Left.