Review: DAVID DEAN BOTTRELL MAKES LOVE: A ONE-MAN SHOW
Heigh-Ho, my happy rainbow tribe! Bobby Patrick your RAINBOW review here. Put the silent T in cabareT to bring you all the Ts!
Well, dear Rainbow Tribe, Wednesday night was a gaylapaloza as we hit up the Triad for DAVID DEAN BOTTRELL MAKES LOVE: A ONE-MAN SHOW. DDB, a perennial in our TV landscapes with appearances on MODERN FAMILY, THE BLACKLIST and LAW AND ORDER: WHICHEVER is probably best known (because he says so in his biography) as the weirdo Lincoln Meyer, one of of quirky guests for BOSTON Denny Crane/William Shatner of LEGAL. Bottrell is also well known in the storytelling community and therein, my loves, is the beauty of this solo performance. During Wednesday’s preview, DDB had an exceptionally enthusiastic audience of listeners accompanying him through every step of the 8 stories of Bottrell’s life. DDB MAKES LOVE is “slightly linear” in that, although the stories jump around a bit, the progression through the tales takes us from its past to its present, as depicted through its various sojourns in the world, to the both virtual and real, in the search for love – whether from her crazy family in Kentucky or in the many stops along the way to have sex and desire with various men.
TBH my dears, there’s nothing specifically new here as we’ve all seen shows where a lone gamer regales listeners with the ups and downs of their dating freaks. We’ve listened to the hilarity and emotion, been touched, shocked and tickled time and time again as all types of actors/writers, gay, straight and in between, have developed genuine relationships with their audiences by letting us know . that they are like us and that it is not funny. The charm of A ONE-MAN SHOW is in fact that of a single man. DDB is lovely to watch and listen to. He tells charming stories in a charming way and weren’t we all charmed by them – You bet Bobby’s Rainbow Bottom we were. Even in this first glimpse of technical performance glitches and an actor-stumble-bumblebee or two were dealt with openly with the audience and with great…wait for it…charm. DDB has always been a very good actor and now we know he can also write. The stories he tells are about coping with a world that has evolved from social and family hostility to rather outraged homosexuals like Bottrell. A hostility that created moments of self-doubt and even nervous breakdown-inducing self-hatred, before propelling him into the choppy waters of dating apps, hookup apps and an alarmingly unprofessional therapist. This story, CRAZY ZONE, was one of the highlights of the evening, as was PRICE OF ADMISSION – the story of passionate showmanship that led to a 10-year relationship that had its problems both funny and tragic. Bottrell’s slightly country beats make a sort of verbal music throughout, and when he has to go all out on Gomer for family time, he’s downright hilarious. The only raindrop that falls with this rainbow, adding a touch of criticism to this review, is that without amplification, DDB should recall its theatrical experience a little more and elevate its projection a little. We didn’t strain to hear anything, but a little more vocal power will help listeners relax.
All in all, dear rainbow readers, Bobby has to say that in the hands of this sensitive performer, every story came to life in the most entertaining way throughout the evening and if you are a fan of storytelling , this show is definitely for you. And so, with our full recommendation to all of our story fans, Bobby gives DAVID DEAN BOTTRELL MAKES LOVE: A ONE-MAN SHOW a massive…
4 out of 5 rainbows
The show runs from Wednesday evening through June 1. Get your tickets: HERE
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Photos by Carmen Guzman