thE­atRE NakED, livE aND NEvER agaiN: MY last Dis­COuRsE ON DRa­MatiC MEthOD Plea­sance Dome (Venue 23) HHHHH

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WhiLE the ti­tle might fool you into be­liev­ing this is some kind of straight stand-up show, per­haps the sub­ti­tle might be more rev­e­la­tory. this one-man show is dry and wit­tily cere­bral, and aimed at those with some kind of work­ing knowl­edge of the the­ory be­hind act­ing. in say­ing that, how­ever, ac­tor An­drew hawkins has de­vised a strong comedic char­ac­ter in act­ing guru Jack tread­well.

Rem­i­nis­cent of a Woody Allen or Larry David char­ac­ter in that he’s in­tel­li­gent, oc­ca­sion­ally up him­self and al­ways cling­ing on by the slen­der­est of threads, ‘tread’ is a vel­vet-blaz­ered man of the old school. he fields on­stage calls from Al Pa­cino and Bruno Ganz, in­volves Lee Stras­berg, Freud and Aris­to­tle in the con­ver­sa­tion and fends off his agent, who’s “twist­ing my arm about open­ing a chain of wine shops”. the sense that he’s been ev­ery­where and done ev­ery­thing in his soonto-be-over ca­reer (school­ing Princess Diana for her in­ter­view with Martin Bashir is a case in point) per­haps un­der­mines the strength of the char­ac­ter, but this is a smart and well-played char­ac­ter com­edy for those in a po­si­tion to get the joke.

DaviD POl­lOCk

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 3:50pm.

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