Company: Red Bastard, Los Angeles, CA
Venue: 4 - Alloway Hall (Manitoba Museum)
This gifted artist acts a court jester to the entire crowd challenging and mocking our pretensions, false fronts, and public squeamishness.
is one of the those shows the Fringe was made to showcase.
This is Eric Davis' first time at the Winnipeg Fringe, although he did mount a Fringe fundraiser a while back that 200 lucky folks got to see. This gifted artist acts as court jester to the entire crowd, challenging and mocking our pretensions, false fronts, and public squeamishness.
We are exposed, and those who find that possibility difficult to face should probably be the first to attend. But should also heed the implied warning. Red Bastard
is ALL ID, a ball (or balls) of EGO and creative balls.
Davis mostly extemporizes, so the show shifts with the mood of the crowd. But no opportunity is wasted, so I can't imagine there's ever a dull performance.
I would have preferred that a show so brazen and outrageous would not rely so much in the first 20 minutes on appeals for women to defrock and men to recoil in horror from the giant red backside thrust in their face.
An artist that lays decorum bare need not lean so much on the hetero-normative to break down insecurities. It seems the opposite of unbridled, and a barrier to the truly anarchic.