Peter Michael Marino, Desperately Seeking the Exit [image credit John Yabrifa]
What can a person possibly do after being embarrassed on a global scale? Put on a one man show detailing the whole humiliating debacle of course! Five years after his musical Desperately Seeking Susan was critically massacred, Peter Michael Marino has shunned hermitage in favour of centre stage. Chronicling the theatrical venture from beginning to end Marino describes the tide of dramatic disputes which carried the show up the proverbial creek. Considering Marino frequently refers to the experience as his ‘hideously ugly dying baby’ the evening is surprisingly entertaining.
Considering Marino frequently refers to the experience as his ‘hideously ugly dying baby’ the evening is surprisingly entertaining
Hailing from Queens, Marino’s mix of high energy and emotional frankness make his act engrossing as well as multifaceted. A hard task indeed for a one man show! His very descriptive, imagery rich writing is a joy to hear. Comparing the theatrical team to a family with no parents laying down the rules rang so true of various workplace dynamics. As the writer, Marino saw himself as the gay uncle who made noise and proffered sweeties.
Marino’s tale gives the audience a no holds barred peek behind the velvet curtain of the west end stage. Recounting frenzied phone calls to Madonna, plot rewrites and meetings about the appropriate term for marijuana we see the shambles behind the sequins. Multi person dialogues are particularly well performed, our leading man affecting a range of accents, gestures and poses. Sense of timing and comedic effect is fantastic.
Recounting frenzied phone calls to Madonna, plot rewrites and meetings about the appropriate term for marijuana we see the shambles behind the sequins.
A lot of the humour comes from the UK/US divide. As a very patent American in need of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the constant miscommunications highlight how utterly lost Marino felt during this period. His devastation following the show’s closure is delivered with candour. This vivacious writer in a rather significant Godzilla T-shirt is a prime specimen of survival. He bounced back from failure and shares it openly. The title of his show is in fact taken from one of the most venomous first night reviews.
A refreshingly honest and amusing show from a man who seems to have found what he was desperately seeking.
Desperately Seeking the Exit is at the Leicester Square Theatre until May 20, 2013
It is at the Brighton Komedia on May 14th, 2013
Watch the Trailer for Desperately Seeking the Exit
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