Written by Patrick Chavis
There are often fatal flaws in one-man shows. They expect too much from the audience. They take on way too many characters. The acting might be great, but you’re never entirely immersed in the story because your watching the same person. Also sometimes, I swear it’s just an excuse for an actor to show off. The popular ones will have someone well-known starring in them. Thus, giving people a reason to shell out their hard-earned cash. John Slade’s performance of Walt Whitman smartly combats this pretension through the use of his surroundings. He transforms the venue right outside the strawberry bowl into something more like a revolutionary spiritual/social economic/philosophical meeting than a show. Deep themes and soulful moments keep a rather sedentary, one-man show alive long after the show is over.