ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Debbie Does My Dad (Bobbie Gordon)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2011

This one-man comic-autobiographical show about taboos and growing up liberal has Gordon stretching to fill the stage – he uses huskiness when he wants to sound profound, or unconvincing character-acting. The show originated in beat poems, and it shows – but it’s Langston Hughes without rhythm, Saul Williams without fire. The main issue is that the piece uses a confessional format for a man with no sins. Most of the jokes earn only titters from the crowd, flat and ambiguous as they are. But his thoughts on parenting and gender are sophisticated, and the final skits are better, as Gordon loosens up, declares a new masculinity, and humps the air into freedom.

Bedlam Theatre, 5 – 27 Aug, 11.00pm, £8.00, fpp255.
tw rating 3/5