What’s that you say? You were out of town last fall when Daniel MacIvor’s Here Lies Henry got remounted at Buddies and was the best thing since sliced bread? You were clinically dead in January when Monster, the second awesome remount of the one-man shows MacIvor created with Daniel Brooks went up? Well, cancel your trip to the Sea of Tranquility, because you have exactly 14 more chances to see the final remount, House, before it closes on April 1st and MacIvor, Brooks and Da Da Kamera officially retire these shows and disband their company forever.
As usual, MacIvor’s realistic yet somehow lyrical dialogue is a perfect match with Brooks’ sparse and focused direction. Like Here Lies Henry, House focuses on a single character: Victor. Victor is a prototypical loser; he works a dead end job at a septic tank cleaning company; he gets arrested for starting fights at supermarkets; his wife potentially has a secret dayjob as a dominatrix. When describing the difference between himself and a friend of his from his support group, Victor claims that his friend is weird while he is fucked up. You’re born weird, fucked up is something that happens to you.
MacIvor’s performances are always tour-de-force, and it’s fascinating to see where the journey he takes you on is going to end up – it probably isn’t where you expected. Anyone even mildly interested in the performing arts should seriously question their choices if they plan on missing this show.