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Van Gogh Find Yourself (Walter DeForest / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016

Van Gogh Ed2016

Meet Vincent. Or rather, meet Walter DeForest as Vincent. This ‘true-life’ show takes place in a small room in a cosy café, so you find yourself eyes to eye with the performer, who talks about the painter’s life while he sketches portraits. Yet, despite these intimacy-inducing conditions, there was a remarkable lack of connection with DeForest. The monologue didn’t feel directed at the audience, but more like a self-indulgent tirade about Van Gogh’s hardships, which failed to maintain the illusion that we were with the artist. The portraits also didn’t resemble Van Gogh’s art and, contrary to what was promised, not everyone got a portrait. The whole experience had a patina of untruthfulness and disappointment.

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