One-Man Apocalypse Now @ Plays & Players Theater
Winner of the Special Prize at the largest curated international monodrama festival in the world in Kiel, Germany, One-Man Apocalypse Now returns to the Philadelphia for two special dates!
One-Man Apocalypse Now
Written & performed by Chris Davis
Directed by Mary Tuomanen
Sound design by Adriano Shaplin
December 7 - Fri - 9:30pm
December 8 - Sat - 9:30pm
The Skinner Studio (3rd floor)
Plays & Players Theater
1714 Delancey St.
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.
"Davis zaubert mit wenigen Requisiten und großen Entertainer-Qualitäten seine Figuren herbei, liefert einene fantastich durchgedrehten Dennis Hopper und einene beängstigent nervenschwachen Martin Sheen, der immer wieder seinen weit beruhmteren Sohn Charlie zitiert."
Ruth Bender, Kultur Nachrichten, Kiel Germany
"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
"...transcendent surrealism." - The Wee Review
"It is superbly crafted, hilariously acted and strangely touching. You'd 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)
Plays & Players Theater, 3rd floor, Skinner Studio (View)
1714 Delancey St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|