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The Dork Knight

Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
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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.... Read 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.

 


Reviews (94)

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85
Theatermania

"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-Aid for even the superhero averse...O'Connell is a remarkably honest performer and writes himself a candid, hilarious, and surprisingly moving monologue to match." Full Review

75
Lighting & Sound America

"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 makes 'The Dork Knight' easy to like...What keeps 'The Dork Knight' engaging throughout is O'Connell's honesty, which sometimes approaches the self-lacerating." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

"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 it's perfect...O'Connell is at his enviable best when he drops the costumes and lets his underlying humanity speak for itself. Luckily, that happens frequently enough to keep 'Dork Knight' richly invol... Full Review

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

“O'Connell...brings his endearing personality, abundantly versatile voice, and emotional depth to this autobiographical account of the role Batman-especially the movies-played in his life...Smartly staged by Tony Speciale in the three-quarters round..., exceptionally well lit by Zach Blane, and supplemented by (uncredited) sound effects, 'The Dork Knight' is a perfect vehicle for the personable O'Connell to demonstrate his considerable range as both a comic and serious actor.” Full Review

90
Theater In The Now

"’The Dork Knight’ pays homage to the DC comic character while showcasing O’Connell's intimate storytelling skills and his prowess for impeccable characterizations…Between his strong writing style and his hypnotizing charisma, O’Connell found a way to stage his greatest assets. O’Connell’s impressions are comedy gold…'The Dork Knight' is one of those rare solo plays that has the power to engage an audience from start to finish." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

“'The Dork Knight' is a funny and touching 90-minute show that is heartbreakingly profound as it shows us just who Jason O’Connell is. From this show I gained a respect for Mr. O’Connell, both as a storyteller and an actor. When he becomes Heath Ledger as the Joker, I longed to see O’Connell play some darker roles as he scared me in a good way with his performance. O’Connell is one terrific actor and this is one terrific show." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“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 movies. His performance is a riveting blend of stand-up comedy and grand stage acting with Shakespearean flourishes…'The Dork Knight' is an engrossing work of therapeutic entertainment.” Full Review

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Woman Around Town

"O’Connell is a good storyteller and an adroit writer...With candor, sweetly self-denigrating humor, and cultural perception, O’Connell is telling us the story of one boy’s growth and coping mechanisms…My single caveat is O’Connell’s schizophrenic, multi-impersonation denouement...It’s nigh impossible to get that many distinct portrayals right with rapidity, an onslaught, and unnecessary to the show...Director Tony Speciale has done a seamless job. Gestures work. Pacing is pitch-perfect." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

“What sets O’Connell apart is both his desire and remarkable ability to inhabit—and ape—the central characters of that film. I defy anyone to find a better Michael Keaton impersonator anywhere…'The Dork Knight' doesn’t stand out for its story, for it’s a familiar one…Rather, it’s O’Connell’s personal insight into how these films reflect, reveal and develop his personality and, more importantly, his love for, and remarkable skill at, acting.” Full Review

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Stage Buddy

"A hilarious celebration of the Dark Knight and his fans…His intimate performance brings out the humor of the connections he draws between Batman and his life, keeping the audience laughing all while maintaining the contemplative and discerning tone that lends the play more significant dramatic weight…A hilarious concept made profound with its vulnerable, honest performance, 'The Dork Knight' is must-see theater for fans who grew up on superheroes." Full Review

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91
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing

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

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

85
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Personal, One man show

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

78
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

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

79
Funny, Great acting, 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

90
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Relatable, Introspective

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.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

74
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, 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

65
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining

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

87
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

85
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

86
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, 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

83
Honest, Absorbing, Great acting

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.

87
Funny, Refreshing, Resonant, Indulgent

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."

100
Dizzying, Must see, Hilarious

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.

71
Funny, Clever

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

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

75
Slow, Lacking humor

See it if You are a big fan of Batman movies.

Don't see it if You didn't like the Batman movies and have trouble sitting still while listening to someone talk about How Batman has inspired him.

57
Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow, Entertaining

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

75
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent

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

72
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You love one man shows.

Don't see it if You want some weight in the material.

100
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

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

Don't see it if YOU HATE EXCELLENCE

100
Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Hilarious

See it if You'd like a funny, yet heartfelt story told in a brilliantly unique way. You will laugh & you will cry. It is honest & inspiring. See it!

Don't see it if I quite frankly can not think of a single reason not to see this show!

100
Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

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.