Camelot is Crumbling: An Arthurian Nightmare | Chicago Fringe Festival 2011 review

Lancelot pours his heart out to a dying Arthur in this intense, anachronistic solo piece.

Sir Lancelot beyond Thunderdome? Camelot of the Apes? This dark and passionate one-man show on the fall of the medieval utopia might have 6th-century Britons rolling in their graves, but it makes for thought-provoking theater in the hands of writer-performer Phillip Andrew Bennett Low. Lancelot is Low's sole character, and he speaks to an unseen King Arthur who lies on his deathbed. Haunted by his forbidden love with Guinevere and the post-traumatic stress from the Grail Quest, Lancelot is beaten-up both physically and emotionally as he tries to save Camelot and make amends both to Arthur and for his own sin. The strange part? The show takes place through a modern prism and Lancelot records his thoughts on a Sony tape recorder. Modern themes (“Arthur’s War on Information”) are thrown in for good measure as well, and make for intense, if confusing, entertainment.

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