Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fringe Review: 'Daddy Issues'

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11:10 AM

click to enlarge 'Daddy Issues' at the Orlando Fringe
  • 'Daddy Issues' at the Orlando Fringe
Peter Aguero's autobiographical monologue Daddy Issues starts with him in the backseat of his family's 1978 Chevy Impala, as his hulking, abusive father invites a violent hitchhiking vet into their car. It's a gripping story that is soon revealed to be a complete lie, but that isn't the last disappointment in this heartfelt but uneven show. Many of Aguero's anecdotes growing up in an unhappy suburban New Jersey home hit close to home, and he "shines a light on [his] attic of dark memories" with admirable honesty in sharing his inherited struggles with depression.   
Daddy Issues
Peter Aguero – Sunnyside, NY
Venue: Red
Length: 60 Min
Price: $10 (Disc: FA | FV | MIL)
Rating: 13 & Up – Strong Language
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While I can't complain about Aguero's effort as a form of self-help therapy, it lacks the theatrical craftsmanship of the best monologues. Aguero deploys his subwoofer rumble of a voice in a rapid-fire bass monotone that's nearly hypnotic; if I were producing him for an NPR storytelling show like The Moth (where he's performed in New York), I'd lay an instrumental track behind him to keep the audience awake. I'd also streamline the script and strengthen the arc; stories are stuffed in one after the other with little more than "then, a few weeks later" to connect them. Aguero's earned my respect for his personal journey, but empathy aside, with so many great one-man shows at Fringe, Daddy Issues doesn't quite win my recommendation.

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