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.
“'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
"’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
"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
“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
"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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
See it if You want to see a coming of age story that connects growing up to the Batman movies. It is funny, thoughtful, provoking, and deep.
Don't see it if You don't like fun funny charming clever amazingly well conceived one person shows:)
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