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CULT MODEL

solo performance · mormon boy productions, llc · Ages 12+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by CHARLES ZIARKO

June 22, 2015 certified reviewer

What I liked

Mr Fales practiced charm

What I didn't like

The rambling, unfocussed and surprisingly bitter content

My overall impression

I’d rate this “D”, for “Downer”—-a first for Fales, who usually mines his own bio as Mormon Gay Gadfly for the pleasure of his small but fervent following, me included. Who would have guessed that the best part of THIS show would be the half-hour standing OUTside while Fales works the all-male line with all the aplomb of Debbie Reynolds? Once INside, it’s clear that he’s come back to town without a show—-some unfamiliar songs passionately sung but not much coherence and less entertainment. At the end there’s a harrowing character monologue that shows off his acting skill while punishing his audience—-then he’s out the door without “even unzipping one zipper” (like Gypsy Rose Lee playing Ms Dignity), mocking his fans for expecting more! What was the point?—-It’s never explained! Pity.

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