Through October 5
BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS Alleyway Cabaret/Buffalo United Artists
Gerry is the kind of guy you wonder where your friendship came from.
He’s loud, annoying, drunk and drugged up, filled with his opinions and a guy who badmouths former friends.
Gerry is also an absolutely wonderful opportunity for a performer in “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns.”
For Buffalo United Artists, it’s James Cichocki in a production in the Alleyway Cabaret.
The occasion is a wedding in Palm Springs, California, filled with gay guys ready to celebrate Josh and Brennan’s tightly controlled wedding (The invitation barring those colors and patterns).
Gerry starts cranking with alcohol and drugs and snarling words at those around them.
On stage, Cichocki stands alone, talking to no one who is visible but carrying on conversations, often angry and funny conversations with those attending the wedding.
That’s the fascinating part of Drew Droege’s script, those conversations carried on in a one-man show.
Gerry is so blitzed he may only think Mack or Dwayne is there.
He had a not atypical closeted youth and it all pops out in one of those drunken wedding weekend diatribes.
Dwayne was his boyfriend and it ended badly.
When Dwayne surfaces as a wedding guest, it brings out the worst in Gerry.
Dwayne’s involved with Mack who is 23, far younger than Dwayne, with whom he’s deeply attached.
Mack is almost an observer about what his elders are doing.
Gerry knows his public persona and has difficulty with that persona.
You just can’t like the guy or feel sorry for him because he knows but won’t deal with his own personality.
You can absolutely like Cichocki’s performance in “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns.”
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