Storyteller Edgar Oliver returns to Axis Theatre with the final installment of his solo-show trilogy, charting his life in New York City. More…
'Attorney Street' follows Oliver as he is forced to leave his longtime home in one of the last SROs in the East Village and finds his way to his current residence on the Lower East Side. Between the two was a circuitous path that changed Oliver's life, and opened doors he never knew existed.
"Edgar Oliver conducts the most extraordinary séances. The phantoms summoned by this one-of-a-kind monologuist are both vivid and elusive, as such manifestations must be...Self-examining memoirs are the basis for many one-person shows. But Mr. Oliver reshapes and reanimates this well-worn formula by infusing it with a sepulchral darkness. His style is sentimental gothic, and though it should be easy to caricature, it defies imitation." Full Review
"His poignant stream of consciousness, performed with hardly a discernible change on his face, clearly causes consternation for those who witness this intense presentation. Their nervous laughter is often ill-timed. Otherwise, there is just silence. Only the most unfeeling is untouched and unmoved...The autobiography of Edgar Oliver hauntingly describes and defines what it means to be human. For those who’ve experienced real loss...this performance will reach deeply into their souls." Full Review
"Edgar Oliver's storytelling performances move in stages. First, they are hilarious...By the end of 'Attorney Street,' all its initial weirdness has evaporated, leaving only a sense of melancholy behind...The piece is a brief anthology of farewells, to a bakery in an earlier New York, to a lost poem, to a father he never knew. There's a feeling of suspended time...Don’t let this sadness keep you away. For those of us watching, Oliver's sorrow is always sweet." Full Review
"Oliver tells the tale of 'Attorney Street' with disarming innocence, addressing the audience with a sweet familiarity...He is funny and warm, wide-eyed and thoughtful, charming and vulnerable. All that said, the evening resolves in a brutal sadness, as he concludes his primal wound has not, cannot heal...A supremely confident performer, with a patina of shyness about him, Oliver inhabits the stage completely...A genuinely special night of small pleasures in the downtown theater." Full Review
"That struck me as the best description of what I was watching. The curiosity, wonder and imagination of a child, able to pack an unbelievable adventure into the commonplace experiences of everyday...As a distinct voice of near iconic status, a chance to see Edgar Oliver is not to be missed. His style, his care, his flair for the romantic, all showcase the potential heights that can be reached in a solo storytelling show." Full Review
See it if you enjoy beautifully staged and performed character pieces. A very special evening. His hands are so expressive as they capture the light.
Don't see it if you don't like one man shows.
See it if you love New York City enough to enjoy exploring it though the words of a poet who is looking for the man he never met, his father.
Don't see it if poetic one man shows put you to sleep.
See it if you like quirky stories that make the ordinary extraordinary. EO's voice is deep, resonant; his accent odd, his gestures graceful. Hypnotic!
Don't see it if you like hoopla. A quiet evening that's better than The Encounter! It starts out precious, but won me over. EO's a NYer with Southern charm.
See it if You like poetry. Not so much monologue as memoir poems. The space and the lighting are beautiful. Could have skipped this very short show.
Don't see it if Ur expecting storytelling. Atmosphere,but no real subtance. U want humor or something uplifting. All about loneliness, loss of identity, etc
See it if You love theatre for its power to move and transform. You enjoy masterful storytelling a la The Moth.
Don't see it if You're a feelingless robot who doesn't want to laugh and/or cry.
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