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Cabtivist (FringeNYC)

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Original, Hilarious

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: A comedic glimpse into 35 years behind the wheel of a NYC yellow taxi, and the political activism and reality show antics that followed. Multimedia storytelling in the finest Irish tradition with a New York City edge - laugh until you cry. More…

Categories: Comedy, Solo Show, Local. Written by John McDonagh, Music by Rory Kirwin. Directed by Kira Simring.

Cabtivist is a funny, pithy social commentary told from behind the wheel of New York's most recognizable cab driver. McDonagh, veteran WBAI personality and host of Radio Free Eireann and Talk Back We and Thee with Malachy McCourt and NY Times reporter Corey Kilgannon, has condensed thirty plus years of activism and observation into an hour and twenty minutes of side splitting comedy and heart-rendering social commentary. From the plight of the NY city homeless to the crazy demands of Upper East Side matrons, McDonagh brings the audience from laughter to tears and back again in the blink of a New York minute.Throw in his tales of brushes with the rich and famous while driving Stephen Fry to a Queens social club and teaching Top Gear's Richard Hammond how to drive a cab, and you have storytelling at it's finest. McDonagh, whose family hails from Pettigo and spends his downtime in Co. Donegal and the Boa Island in Co. Fermanagh, relates the hilarious story of how the Irish peace process cost him his shot at The Amazing Race.

August 21st, 2016
“Those who remember what New York used to be will delight in following McDonagh’s tales...His natural stage presence and seamless storytelling make McDonagh a delight to watch...In ‘Cabtivist’, John McDonagh is a history of one, a last scion of a bygone age, and he looks back with fondness, frank...
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August 18th, 2016
“The Cabtivist holds his audience 'cabtive' as he regales with tales of cabbie adventures...McDonagh's standup is rife with outrageous tales, and he has pictures and videos to prove it. Blessed with the Irish gift of gab and disarming humor, he peppers his story with facts that are not necessaril...
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August 18th, 2016
"If the goal of theater is to entertain and educate an audience, then McDonagh has undeniably fulfilled his duty. This is not so much a monologue in the spirit of, say, Spalding Gray, as it is a night at the pub sitting next to a good storyteller, sans the pub. A little more emotional depth, a li...
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August 19th, 2016
"McDonagh is an amusing storyteller, and he’s in prime form at the beginning of his hour-long monologue...Then we are off to the activist stories, and there are a couple of funny ones...McDonagh has a gift for finding the humor in any experience he’s had, but I would have preferred that 'Cabtivis...
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