One-Man Apocalypse Now at Moore Art Galleries
Back from a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, One-Man Apocalypse Now returns to Philadelphia for THREE NIGHTS only!!!
"Whether you've seen the film or not, Chris Davis' One-Man Apocalypse Now will be a funny, dark, poignant, playful, and well-spent hour of your life."
- Patricia Highsmith, DC Metro
Imagine Apocalypse Now performed by one actor in 60 minutes, recreating some of the most famous scenes from cinema history through Chris Davis' unique theatrical lens. Backed by the soundtrack of the movie, Davis explores the heart of darkness through movement, sound, dance, comedy, drama, lunacy, philosophy and more in this high-octane 60 minute tour-de-force, directed by Mary Tuomanen and sound design by Adriano Shaplin.
Sep 18 - Mon - 7pm
Sep 19 - Tue - 7pm
Sep 20 - Wed - 7pm
The Galleries at Moore
1916 Race St.
MORE CRITICAL PRAISE
...transcedent surrealism. - The Wee Review
It is superbly crafted, hilariously acted and strangely touching. Youd be a fool not to see this even if only for the strip tease that had a man putting on a bra with more grace than I care to admit. - UnderDog Reviews
An accomplished performer, Davis brings dark comedy to even the grimiest parts of the story. - Three Weeks
Davis capers around an imaginary Vietnam condensing the entire film into 55 minutes of frantic fun. - Broadway Baby
Davis knack for parody sees him shimmy in an unsettling recreation of the Playboy bunny scene before launching into a mango-munching Marlon Brando, that somehow sums up both the absurdity of this comedy and the genius of the movie. - The Stage
"The play is at once funny, sad and familiar. Hes a comic bastard, who pulls lines about not knowing what hes doing in his 30s, in a basement, in a strange neighborhood in Pittsburgh, shirtless, re-enacting a scene where hes about to bludgeon himself to death."
Jason Clearfield, PGH In the Round (Pittsburgh Fringe)
"Chris Davis put on a thrilling meta-theatrical performance while running through the major scenes of the film. He slipped effortlessly between characters while weaving in the careers of the films actors and parts of his own life as well. It brought to mind a crazy sweaty fusion of Apocalypse Now and Hearts of Darkness, the acclaimed documentary depicting the horrors involved in making the film."
- Peter Jacobs, First Looks at Portfringe, ME
The one man behind this one-man show, Chris Davis, is an incredible performer. He deftly embodied Im guessing about twelve distinct characters over the course of an hour.
- Nichole Faina, PGH in the Round (Pittsburgh Fringe)
"The most unusual and also greatest moment of the day was Chris Davis off-kilter comedy One Man Apocalypse Now. True to its title, this is a show in which Davis condenses the anti-war epic into an hour and fifteen minute extravaganza of unbelievable celebrity impressions, complete and utter commitment to character, and parody that goes so far beyond its one-note conceit into a kind of sublime mania."
- Mark Sklaski, PGH in the Round (Pittsburgh Fringe)
And with that, were off and running for a show that, thanks to its stars deadpan determination, Chris Davis keeps its comic premise going strong for a full hour. Davis throws himself into the role with abandon; at one point he plays a female stripper and does a shimmy that, for better or worse, you wont be able to get out of your head for a while.
-***** Tim Dunleavy, DC Metro (Philly Fringe)
One-Man Apocalypse Now's climactic confrontation becomes even more about Philadelphia theater and Davis's place in it, equating Willard's grim mission with an actor's struggles, and builds that combination of humor and horror to a perfect point. I can't wait to see more by Chris Davis.
-Mark Cofta, Broad St. Review (Philly Fringe)
Moore Art Gallery (View)
1916 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|