one-man show, Dan Hoyle describes his idealistic cross-country road trip to encounter the "other" America. His plan is to eat pie & to get to know people outside the "liberal bubble" of San Francisco. Instead of narrating his experience in the 1st person, he performs a series of cartoony impersonations of the people he meets. It's a dismaying pageant of bigots, closet cases, racial stereotypes & people who believe Obama is a Muslim. Mr. Hoyle also includes a sitcom-like quartet of his San Francisco pals, who provide context & commentary.
The trim Mr. Hoyle, dressed in t-shirt, jeans & running shoes, looks like a teenager. A handkerchief & a handful of baseball caps are the only other costume. He switches between characters efficiently & finishes the intermissionless, 90-minute show without breaking a sweat. The show has been extended through April 14th. The house staff had to bring out folding chairs to accommodate everyone at the sold-out performance on Friday night, delaying the start. It's general seating, so it pays to show up early. Afterward, I expressed my disappointment at the shallowness of the portrayals, but my theater companion pointed out that there's probably not a lot of thinking going on in these characters' heads.
§ Dan Hoyle's The Real Americans
Written and Performed by Dan Hoyle
Developed with & directed by Charlie Varon
The Marsh, San Francisco, Studio Upstairs
9 Mar 2012, 8p
§ Photo credit: Brendan Furey