Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Worst Play Ever

Jerk

A good friend of mine scored some free tickets to a play and invited me to join her.  I happily said I would attend.  Then I wondered why she got free tickets and figured I should at least find out what the play was ABOUT before we went, so I looked on-line to find out more information.  Here is the synopsis of the play, entitled Jerk:

Jerk

In a stark room, using only one actor and a few hand-puppets, director Gisèle Vienne creates a harrowing staging of the novel Jerk by Dennis Cooper, once deemed “the most dangerous writer in America.” Told from the perspective of David Brooks, one of Texas serial killer Dean Corll’s young accomplices, Jerk descends into the minds of those responsible for the brutal torture, rape and killing of more than 25 teenage boys in the early 1970s. With a deceptively formidable presence and increasing emotional force, performer Johnathan Capdevielle illustrates a shattering series of events that culminated in Corli’s death by one of his accomplices, in a sinister and unforgettable tour-de-force.

After reading the synopsis, I didn't want to go see the play.  AT ALL.  Who wants to see rapes re-enacted?  Who wants to get into the mind of rapists/killers?  To what end?  WHY?  But I told my friend I would go, so we went.  We saw it.  It was the worst play that I have ever seen in my life.   

It felt like the lead actor kept making eye contact with me.  I was not interested, nor impressed, and I did not "connect" with him or with the material.  I did not clap at the end of the play.  I just couldn't.  All I could think was I would have PAID to NOT SEE that awful play.

If the thought of seeing extended rape, torture and murder scenes re-enacted with puppets and disgusting sound effects intrigues you, this is the play for you. If not, steer clear.  

Moral of the story, if someone offers you free tickets to ANYTHING, don't be quick to accept them. 


8 comments:

Lorena said...

Free tickets ?! Too good to be true.
You know, i took my grandmother to see a play and she slept right through it.. we were in the second row.
It was pretty funny.

Shorty said...

Wow. I feel bad you've now got that stuck in your memory. Hopefully you can block it out...

nicole said...

sounds awful. for real, i'm sorry you had to sit through it, you're a good friend...

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

LOL ain't that the truth! once i got offered free tix to a show and i declined (had something else planned) but my friend went and she said it was the WORST 2hrs of her life! the guy on stage was a total asshole, sprayed the crowd with his water and then left the stage.

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Tiffany Kadani said...

Puppets? I can't even right now. I'm sorry this happened to you. Well, happy it didn't happen to me!

Meghan said...

sorry you were stuck at that play, but you made me laugh!

Trissta said...

Yuck. Awkward, terrible moments. I would have gotten up and walked out. Free or not, I'm the type that would withstand that kind of torture!

Much Love,
Trissta

Alisa said...

That sounds AWFUL!