REVIEW: Forbidden City!

Kirk Sheppard
May 30 · 1 min read
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Ah, this is interesting. A filmed live performance — in front of an audience (back when that was allowed) — with crowd reactions. Palpable energy. This is good.

Martin Dockery is an interesting character; his rapid, almost manic-delivery packs a lot of storytelling into a relatively short amount of time. He’s savvy, too; he begins the performance by getting the audience on his side by giving a humble, self-deprecating peek behind the curtain. He shows us that he’s likable. We root for him. It’s good that he takes a minute to do that because once the show gets going, you gotta hold on for dear life. It’s wild but dynamic — finding the right “volume number” on my TV was a challenge.

FORBIDDEN CITY! is a story about a trip to China. That’s the spoiler-free recap. It’s part storytelling, part standup comedy. But it’s a 100% confident, professional, and engaging performance.

I liked it very much.

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Kirk Sheppard, LPCC-S, LICDC, is a counselor, helper educator, blogger, photographer, and playwright in Cincinnati. More at www.kirksheppard.com

The Sappy Critic

Theatre reviews and features about theatre in the Greater Cincinnati area

Kirk Sheppard

Written by

Kirk Sheppard, LPCC-S, LICDC, is a counselor, helper educator, blogger, photographer, and playwright in Cincinnati. More at www.kirksheppard.com

The Sappy Critic

Theatre reviews and features about theatre in the Greater Cincinnati area

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