Already closed | 1h 35m | Midtown W

The Dork Knight

From 85 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

About the show

Abingdon Theatre Company 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…

A look into one man’s obsession with movies about another man’s obsession with dressing up like a rodent and punching people. Featuring numerous “cameos” from the bat-voices in O’Connell’s head, 'The Dork Knight' is 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. O’Connell’s intimate memoir explores how one’s inner geek can guide and inspire in good times and in bad. Note: 'The Dork Knight' contains adult language and themes, and is not recommended for anyone under age 13.

1h 35m | Already closed | Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (85)


Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
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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

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.

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.

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

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


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.

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.

Quirky, Excruciating

See it if You like very odd productions.

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

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

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like one-man shows that tie character development to the arc of pop culture

Don't see it if you find impressions annoying, don't know anything about Batman, dislike pop culture

Hilarious, Dizzying, Must see

See it if You'd love a comic tour de force performed by a very gifted actor and celebrity impersonator. Consistently surprising and unexpectedly movi

Don't see it if You cannot stand one man shows.

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You're well-versed in the Batman movies. Not merely aware of these films, but perhaps a student of them

Don't see it if You don't know (or remember) much about the Batman movies

Also I figured that my casual knowledge of some of the older Batman movies ... Read more Read less

Funny, Indulgent, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you like self-awareness and the trappings of the superhero genre.

Don't see it if you always thought literary analysis in high school English "was stretching too far."

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy one-man shows, familiar with BatMan movies, like comedy

Don't see it if You don't like intimate theatre

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Fans of the Batman franchise, anyone whose passion has always seemed esoteric, fans of transformational performers.

Don't see it if You don't like off-the-beaten-path, affordable Theatre.

Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You are really into the Batman Movies and want to hear some great impressions for the characters from the movies.

Don't see it if your not into a one man band show... the pace sometimes can slow up quickly and can seem a little "dear Diary-ish" when talking about love

Clever, Funny

See it if You love batman and like a good one person show.

Don't see it if You are seeking emotion or substance.

January 17th, 2017
"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
"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
"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
“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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