DISHWASHER (Brian Feldman): 2015 Fringe review 10.2

Photo credit Sonja Bradfield.

Think Chris Burden without a gun, Mel Brooks meets Marina Abramović meets Spalding Gray meets Andy Kaufman and you’ll meet Brian Feldman, and he is washing my dishes standing in what he labels the strangest kitchen he has ever seen because it’s so small you can almost cook an egg while taking a shower-small; it looks like set. Feldman may be based in D.C., but he was born in Bensalem, PA, and he began performing in his parents living room. Now he is performing in mine. Finally, a Fringe show in my house!

After the dishwashing, some readings: Doctor Astrov from Uncle Vanya, a randomly selected page of Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain’s Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk; a selection from his favorite play, Macbeth; and a riveting performance of the PATCO timetable. Then he asks: Do you think I am a better actor or dishwasher? Perhaps he is really posing the question to himself, but Feldman is an extremely versatile character actor. And through DISHWASHER, he exposes a reality of life as an American actor: Performing a monologue can be a service just like washing a dish. [various locations] September 3-12, 2015;

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