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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

  • Theater
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Wearing David Foster Wallace's signature handkerchief around his head, Christopher Duva reenacts one of the late writer's best-known comic essays: "A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” a hilarious account of his dismal experience on an fancy weeklong sea cruise. Wallace is relentless in breaking down the luxury liner’s staff, passengers, schedule and agenda in excruciating detail, for our devilish enjoyment. Within the first few sentences of his rant, Duva has the audience laughing, and the sharp-edged humor doesn’t stop for the next 90 minutes. True to Wallace's style, the play is funny with a tinge of depression that grows philosophical: After a week of being pampered to the extreme, he concludes that the draw of cruise ships is that they’re as close as passengers can get to being back in the womb. For Wallace’s many fans, this show may provide a comparable comfort.—Jaime Brockway

Click here for full Time Out New York coverage of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival.


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