Note: This review was posted on the KC Stage review system.
“Jesus, Shakespeare, and Lincoln Walk Into a Bar”, written and directed by Kristopher Owens. Produced by Giants of Theatre (part of the KC Fringe Festival). First produced 2011. (Seen July 26, 2011.)
Where do I begin? This show grabbed me by the title alone, as it sounded like a fun show that would be full of highbrow humor done in a lowbrow way, or vice versa. The description states, “let’s just say hilarity ensues” — I only wish that was the case.
Filled with dated political humor and bad gay jokes (and even a ‘that’s what she said’ joke), the piece is slow and choppy, with bad karaoke (and not even ‘so bad it’s good’ karaoke) and the less said about the film that ends it, the better.
Kristopher Owens, who also wrote and directed it, was the only actor that seemed to know what he was doing, and by casting himself as the bartender, he was barely on stage to make any of it worth it. Carlos Portillo as Jesus mumbles most of his lines, while Eric Brockett as Shakespeare is way too aware of the audience (although that was an issue with all the actors). Meanwhile, Tony Thongphay as Buddha does the best he can with his character, and Keegan Lampert is a walking stereotype as the apparently gay Lincoln (although his outfit is priceless).
This show needs a serious rewrite and a recasting, and the video as a whole should probably be cut, as it doesn’t really add anything to the show outside of fart jokes and toilet (literally) humor. I’m stopping you before you hear this one.
“Jesus, Shakespeare, and Lincoln Walk Into a Bar” plays one more time at the Fringe, and tickets are $10. For more information, visit the KC Fringe Festival website.
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