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The Dork Knight

From 96 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

Primary Stages presents Jason O’Connell’s solo show tracing the ups and downs of his life through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the 'Batman' movies. More…

From the show:

A look into one man's obsession with movies about another man's obsession with dressing up like a rodent and punching people. The Dork Knight traces the ups and downs of actor Jason O’Connell’s personal and professional life as seen through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the Batman movies. Featuring numerous “cameos” from the bat-voices in his head, O’Connell takes us on a trip down cinematic memory lane that begins with the 1989 Michael Keaton blockbuster, and strolls past George Clooney’s bat-nipples, Christian Bale’s bat-growl, and a couple of iconic Jokers en route to (sigh) Batfleck. This funny, intimate memoir demonstrates how one’s “inner geek” can guide and inspire in good times and in bad. The Dork Knight contains adult themes and language. Not recommended for ages under 13.

Member Reviews (96)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing
Avg Score

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Niche

See it if you are at least familiar with the most iconic Batman movies of the last 30 years. Very well written and performed. Absorbing, intelligent.

Don't see it if It's a niche play that requires some prior knowledge of the subject. One man shows at small venues are not your thing.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this one though I would not recommend to just any... Read more Read less

Resonant, Clever, Profound, Funny, Masterful

See it if You’ve ever felt like what was on the inside is more important than what’s on the outside. Funny. Inspirational. Clever. Smart. Current.

Don't see it if This was a GREAT show, even if you hate one person shows I would urge you to take a chance on this one, that might be only reason not to go.

Also I know...I know... how could this dorky show score so high?!?! I’m tel... Read more Read less

Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy one man shows. In this case it is especially recommended if you are a fan of the many Batman movies.

Don't see it if You want a big Broadway show and/or have no interest in hearing about a man's obsession with the many Batman movies.

Also The story is ultimately about more than his obsession with Batman and ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Funny, Relatable, Introspective, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy terrific one-man shows and the best Jack Nicholson & Michael Keaton impersonations I've ever seen, or if you're a Batman fan.

Don't see it if Introspective solo shows don't interest you.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy movies and/or would enjoy an endearingly told story of a geeky young man's coming of age. You needn't have seen the Batman movies.

Don't see it if the Batman theme is a turnoff you won't be able to overcome.

Relevant, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see a man relate his life to ups and downs of Batman franchise. The impressions were funny and story was touching

Don't see it if You dislike solo shows

Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of the batman movies. The impressions are great.

Don't see it if you have not followed the batman movies. Most references are to them, and you need to really know them to appreciate this.

Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if Original, hilarious and heartfelt. Batman has been there through this actor's highs and lows in life. Great impersonations.Don't miss it!

Don't see it if If you prefer the villains....see it anyway, Great impersonations of The Joker and Penguin.

One man show, Clever, Funny, Personal, Refreshing

See it if He gives an honest (and brave) exploration of his life successfully tying in Batman movies (esp) and comics. Hopeful and optimistic. Funny~

Don't see it if U'd find it indulgent & a stretch to empathize with a guy who earnestly sees parallels from his life to that of Batman's.Dislike 1 man shows

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you enjoy poignant one-man shows about life and are deeply familiar with the Batman movies from 1989-present.

Don't see it if you've never seen a Batman movie and don't like one-man shows.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like small 1 person shows that use pop culture as an metaphor for ones personal life.

Don't see it if you want a big show or don't really associate with pop culture, namely comic books and super hero movies and especially Batman

Also I was truly surprised by this well written and somewhat poignant story... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you're ready for a night of roller coaster emotions and really amazing impressions, you want to see an actor doing what he loves

Don't see it if you don't want to see a one-man show about his life, you really don't care for pop culture references

Quirky, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a fun solo show.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate show.

Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you have a thing for super heroes and especially the Batman movies and one man shows. The performance is quite good.

Don't see it if You/re not a fan of the Batman movies -an attempt to open up to be about life (his life) was unsuccessful & at 75 min it was 20 min too long

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if loved show saw it twice. tooK my grandchildren 2nd time; if it plays again will go again. JASON A STAR WRITER/ ACTOR/PERSON


Heartfelt, Touching, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You like one man shows, memoir pieces, know of Jason’s work or would like to discover it. Very entertaining and satisfying personal story.

Don't see it if You don’t care about Batman or superhero culture. You don’t like any of the actors in the Batman films that Jason does great Impressions of.

Also Jason O’Connell is very talented and funny. He shows a new side to his... Read more Read less

Great acting, Funny

See it if Inventive self-discovery monologue from a great "chameleon" actor

Don't see it if don't like monologues; unfamiliar with the Batman universe

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you love batman (though I'm not a particularly huge fan and I still really enjoyed this)

Don't see it if you have some kind of beef with batman comics

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the Batman films, enjoy humorous impersonations, 1-person shows examining their life thru the filter of his love for a character.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 1-person shows or haven't seen at least one of the Batman films.

Quirky, Excruciating

See it if You like very odd productions.

Don't see it if You don't like VERY loud music.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Profound

See it if you want a well written, well performed and FUN, EXCITING narrative.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows

Also This show was beautifully written and performed. Mr. O'Connell's story... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Honest

See it if You appreciate what it takes to be a stage actor: courage, a willingness to expose oneself emotionally, always finding a way to persevere.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about a person's real life issues and wouldn't enjoy someone finding meaning in their life through comic book heroes.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you like batman, or just if you want to see great acting!

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical

Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining, Poignant, Funny

See it if you love Batman. Jason's appreciation for the character and all he can mean is clear in every moment of the show, and really resonates.

Don't see it if you have no interest in superheroes or don't think that fictional characters can make a very real impact on the lives of those who love them

Intelligent, Engaging, Poignant, Funny, Clever

See it if If you want to see a masterful blend of superhero culture and the emergence of a young actor.

Don't see it if If you want a musical

January 17th, 2017
for a previous production "It’s not O'Connell's alter ego as a Dork Knight that makes for the biggest reveal of the night — but rather the fact that within this small solo piece is hiding one of New York's finest undiscovered actors…The passion with which O'Connell extols the virtues of Batman mixes an intoxicating Kool-A...
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January 18th, 2017
for a previous production "The whole my-life-as-a-Bat-fan concept becomes strained after a while. Some of the humor doesn't land as strongly as it might, although this may be because O'Connell is still honing his delivery. Still, the actor is never less than engaging...Tony Speciale's staging has a casual intimacy that ma...
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January 18th, 2017
for a previous production "Why shouldn't what we love represent who we are? In his sparkling one-man play, O'Connell explores this idea with both a seriousness and a hilarity that will make you reconsider your own devotions...Humor is his chief building block...But he can be effortlessly moving, too...Which isn't to say i...
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January 18th, 2017
for a previous production “This raw, funny, intense, and magnetically performed autobiographical solo show is at times a draining experience due to its fierce personal revelations that are imparted in a confined space…O’Connell’s script is a well-structured series of confessional anecdotes interwoven with the lore of the ...
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