New Ohio Theatre and Glass Bandits present the story of Martin Allen, an ordinary young man in a hospital dying from an extraordinary disease. More…
As his doctor and nurse attend to an ever-worsening condition, Marty creates an autobiographical performance in the form of a sold-out variety show, of which only he and the audience seem to be aware. Grim realities of the ward blur into a surreal universe of drag cabaret as he confuses his life's story with the history of America’s most notorious food contaminator. Marty gives us the show of his life and literally every last thing he has.
"'An Intimate Evening With Typhoid Mary' features Martin Allen, written and played with great depth by Carl Holder, on the final night of his life...The play confronts us with the physical realities of death, and offers artistic expression as the only hope of personal resolution. Its keen design and detailed performances will linger with you." Full Review
"Holder’s script paints Martin’s and Mary’s stories with a fairly broad stroke; a bit more specificity might allow audiences to connect more deeply with each character. Nonetheless, this impressionistic style fits well with the show’s thematic elements, and Holder’s versatility and showmanship carry us through most of its plot gaps. Ultimately, 'Typhoid Mary' explores the individual’s battle with time and circumstance: how do we, as artists and humans, define ourselves in light of adversity?" Full Review
"The specificity to which every element of 'Typhoid Mary' is addressed is exciting, but ultimately gets lost in a confusion of circumstances...Essentially a one-man show supported by an ensemble, 'Typhoid Mary' is spent with two core stories, both of which beg to occupy more space than they are given...Ultimately, the tale unfolding on stage is at odds with the style of the production, which was painstakingly crafted and adhered to." Full Review
"If you’re looking for something that is plot driven, or even containing a strong character arc, this may not be the right piece for you. But what you can appreciate is the performance from Carl Holder...But grasping just exactly what Holder has Martin Allen spewing is the real challenge...The show has so much content that it may be hard to grasp at first. This play is not for everyone. But you have to appreciate the visual aesthetic it provides. It makes the play endurable." Full Review
"This arrestingly designed fever dream of a show starts strong and ends gloriously. But it becomes awfully muddled in the middle...As blurred and tumultuous as Marty’s thoughts are, though, they need to be clear to us. They aren’t, particularly in memories involving dialogue, when it’s rarely obvious who’s speaking...He’s promised us an intimate evening, but what’s missing, finally, is intimacy." Full Review
See it if You like intense one-person shows or have a hard time keeping up with non-traditional storytelling.
Don't see it if you don't like uncomfortable moments (as this play has many) or you're looking for a nice diversion.
See it if You enjoy the mix of historical (personal and otherwise) and medical stories. If you enjoy mixed monologue types with a few others.
Don't see it if You have any squeamishness in context with medical issues or descriptions. You like more involved theater.
See it if you can deal with an illogical monologue; can watch a hospital patient submit to rather realistic nursing & medical procedures onstage
Don't see it if you are squeamish; have no tolerance for a metaphor stretched to it's far boundaries
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