This solo play adapts Lester Bangs' writing to chart the life, work, and death of one of the 20th century’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking, pioneering voices. Part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival. More…
Gonzo journalist, America’s greatest rock critic, and inventor of the word “punk,” legendary music writer Lester Bangs was an American icon. Outsized, manic, chaotic, and impossibly creative, Bangs traveled with some of the most mythologized musical figures of the 20th century: The Clash, Bob Marley, Lou Reed—peeling away the veneer between star and audience and exposing the greats as flawed human beings. As the ragged, rebel ethos of the 70s gave way to the corporate pop of the 80s, Bangs lost the myth he’d built a life around and died of a drug overdose in 1982.
See it if You've read Lester Bangs or Hunter Thompson or Mojo religiously, you love vinyl records, and you've listened to a lot of music.
Don't see it if Graphic verbal depictions of physical and sexual violence disturb you. You don't care about rock music or criticism.
See it if You want to see the opposite of what the creators intended. How to make a fascinating character seem boring.
Don't see it if You don't like looking at your watch in the dark. Certainly there is a book which will bring Lester Bangs to life. This doesn't.
See it if You're a fan of punk, proto-punk, rock criticism in general, or Lester Bangs in particular.
Don't see it if You're not, of if depictions of bipolar behavior disturb you. Or if you love the band Styx.
See it if You like smart acting, to learn about real people who don’t apologize, if you like to laugh and if you dig music.
Don't see it if You don’t like one-person plays, like only musicals, don’t really want to be challenged, or don’t like rock and roll.
See it if See this show if you want to truly delve deep into the psyche of the '60's counterculture and the headspace which birthed punk rock.
Don't see it if Won't be for you if cussin' and hard rock puts you off.
See it if You love Rock and Roll, love Lester Bangs, love downtown theater, love nostalgic New York CBGB era culture, loved Almost Famous,
Don't see it if You haven’t had your 12th birthday yet...
See it if you’re a person. Also if you love character portrayals/looking into the minds of brilliant people
Don't see it if You’re ESL...or maybe that doesn’t matter. See it and lemme know.
See it if you appreciate music, records, one-man show, intelligent writing, high-energy theater.
Don't see it if you need more than one character to stay entertained.