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Tonight was David Dean Bottrell: The Death of Me Yet at Pangea in New York City’s East Village. The high-energy storyteller slapped himself, immediately capturing the audience’s attention and earning laughs. Bottrell began his one-man show consisting of a series of stories about his life that, while appearing to be individual, were, in the end, connected and universal.
Doc Dougherty’s show at Pangea, Godzilla’s Prince, is an epic story of not only survival from an abusive childhood in Irish New York but of perseverance and kindness, of love that transcends the Homeric horrors one child had to endure. He had a boyhood of violence inflicted by both family and school. Sadomasochists can be found everywhere even in the supposed sacred confines of religion.
Aging is Not a Fairy Tale at the Theater for the New City is a delightful, charming, humorous admixture of favorite fairy tales and characters. The repartee was well crafted and sophisticated, and the cast masterfully executed the many subtle and less subtle jabs with splendid, natural timing and assurance.