Carlos Dengler takes us on a journey of origins in his one-hour monologue, recounting his adolescent discovery of the heavy metal music of Megadeth and Metallica, and how the spirit of his headbanging youth paved the way for his career as a founding member of the band Interpol. The text interweaves Dengler's musical journey with a mystical evocation of human origins. Intelligent and heartfelt, Dengler's story explores how youthful obsession often, and heartbreakingly, shatters against ineluctable currents of change and adulthood.
See it if you are interested in philosophy and heavy metal...and don't mind a storyteller who sits at a desk and reads from his script.
Don't see it if you're expecting a deep-dive into Dengler's life, anthropology, or philosophy...all discussed/loosely tied together, but on a basic level.
See it if you would enjoy a storyteller journey through the music of the 90's and 00's, peppered with personal and scientific tidbits.
Don't see it if you just want to know how to make it into a band; this will be, potentially, in a future show...
See it if You want to hear an intelligent, multi-layered story told simply and evocatively. Dengler is so good he makes it look deceptively easy.
Don't see it if You want Big. Dengler's at a desk. There's in-and-out music. Light cues. He displays some pictures. That's about it. But the story sings.
See it if You are an affionado of heavy metal or identify with the period when it was popular.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of one man shows or are not vonversant with the heavy metal or grunge scenes.
See it if you're a big music fan, you don't mind it being like a college lecture at times, or if you enjoy seeing someone share their life story.
Don't see it if you want to be in a fancier venue than a basement bar, or if the loud, abrupt music cues would freak you out too much (I jumped a little!).
See it if you enjoy sweeping intellectualism and existentialism peppered with the awesomeness that is the cult of Carlos D.
Don't see it if you've got it all figured out.
See it if You're an Interpol fan, love heavy metal, have a spirit animal, are acquainted with feelings of rage and rebellion
Don't see it if You don't believe in evolution, 2nd chances, have trouble sitting still
See it if You enjoy monologues a la Spalding Gray. This show has surprisingly good writing and thoughtful observations about man, music, and identity.
Don't see it if You want high-action, high-drama theater. This is an engaging and introspective piece that hits many topics in an attempt to find the truth.