Fringeist: Dishpig Brings Home the Bacon
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Fringeist: Dishpig Brings Home the Bacon

2007_07_08Dishpig.jpeg Dishpig is a one-man show directed and co-written by Fringe fav TJ Dawe, but starring someone else entirely: Greg Landucci, who co-wrote the show with Dawe. Following a popular trend in one-man show, Dishpig is all about a dude describing how awful his job is, although in this case it’s a single job: the main character Matt is a dishwasher, or “dishpig,” in a restaurant. Landucci focuses on Matt/Dishpig, although he also manages to portray the other host of people that work in the restaurant, from asshole waiters, to sexy waitresses to stoner line-cooks. Anyone who has ever worked in the food service industry is advised to check out this show; it would probably be pretty cathartic.
Landucci approaches his performance with considerable gusto and energy. You truly feel how disgusting each and every task that he has to perform as a dishpig is, and one intense scene of describing an insanely vast amount of dishes to be cleaned earned him a round of applause at its completion. And his ability to slip back and forth between portraying the entire staff of the restaurant restaurant is totally tour-de-force.
The story of Dishpig is simple and doesn’t have very far to go, but Landucci’s telling of it is masterful. The show won’t you leave you with an earth-shattering climax, but with the satisfaction of seeing a really generous and studied performance.