|John Fleck Photo by Cooper Bates
John Fleck is a one of a kind guy. For students of the limits of what the theatre might aspire to, "Fleck 101 For Dummies" might be an appropriate read. Fleck, with Karen Finley, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller: the "NEA Four", challenged the First Amendment and the fussy old Jesse Helms to win a judgement in the Supreme Court. Outrageous behavior, pressing the envelope, or even obliterating it, as Fleck has done in the past takes a small step back here. However! the message is still a vital one. In collaboration with David Schweizer, who also directs, the show is ripped from the headlines with Fleck, assisted by John Snow on Upright Bass and Scott Roberts on Piano, we find a bare stage, a few light changes and life as we know it in 2022.
Fleck takes on a bubble head to represent the C19 virus and later dons the horns of the QAnon Shaman to spout juicy bits of The Revelation as well as the noisy rherotic that some folks still find truth in.. Kyle G. Fuller and Tomoko Karina provide lively back up.
Fleck admits to his seventieth birthday as the show turns on how the dreaded C19 dampanic has scrambled the world physically, mentally and emotionally. He becomes a Proud Boy spouting a silly litany of screwball accusations, What if some fleeting iota of what 'They' have presented might be true? At the same time he espouses how 'we' don't want 'them' to be enemies, but to embrace them and come to some reasonable grounds for communication. An Admirable Goal.
Decrying the stuff of aging and deftly switching from one character to another, aided by the band and chorus, Fleck delivers the goods. Food for thought. His extraordinary energy is palpable as the notion that the time is coming for us all: the inevitable, by hook or crook, the time is waiting.. waiting.. But, for now.. the Theatre is Alive. It's Alive!
it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!
Written and performed by John Fleck
Directed by David Schweizer
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
February 19 – March 20:
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: February 19 (Opening Night), February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19
• Sundays at 5 p.m.: February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, 2022
Tickets and Information:
310 477 2055 Ext 2or www.OdysseyTheatre.com