from offense to delight


I was invited to a show named Best Friends, Worst Enemies which I described as "so bad it's offensive". And I actually was offended, which was made worse by an appreciative audience, and they even stood up at the end of it, offering an ovation. I did not like it because I found neither the story nor the characters interesting enough to deserve the stage. I just don't see how people would find any of what was shown profound or special or new. I complained to 3 people who also watched the show, and they could not understand what my issues were (how does one explain to another that a piece of art is not interesting). I also felt like walking out, and could not wait for the end.

Basic story: 4 wayward friends (sex and drugs) find baby at door step, and a letter they find proclaims one of them a father, leading them to do paternity tests, and ending with a dumb twist. There is humor all over the place, none of which is particularly good. There are also contrived circumstances and... fuck, there is nothing there!

Anyways, as I complained about the show, someone passively invited me to another show named Day of Absence, which was such a pleasure. Concept is great (and fresh)... "white face" black performers play roles of white people in shitty-ass USA where blacks are treated like sub-humans, in a society so dependent on them that chaos ensues when they mysteriously disappear. There's lots of good humor, there's decent dialog, a wonderful performance by the guy playing mayor, and superb use of breaking the 4th wall, where the director would complain about mistakes the cast made, asking for re-takes. Another involved lighting problems, which, I later found out weren't actually part of the show, yet served it so well.

Show wasn't perfect, and there was even a moment were I felt sleepy. I also felt the accents could do with a bit of work where, for example, I could not tell at times if they were mimicking black or white Americans. I sometimes also struggled with hearing what the fuck they were saying, though that could also be a property of those accents. I felt inconsistencies in those accents as well.

Despite those (rather minor) complaints, the director deserves much respect for what she created (what's her name?).