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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Fringe 2019 Review: 'Field Guide to Not Being an Asshole'

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2019 at 8:26 PM

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If you passed on the hit Field Guide to the Gays series because you aren’t gay, and skipped Slut Like Me because you don’t have sex, Logan Donahoo finally has a show just for you. Grab your complimentary coffee and Krispy Kreme, because everyone is welcome at this meeting of Assholes Anonymous; according to Donahoo’s latest thesis, everyone is an asshole at some point, and no asshole is beyond redemption. So think of Logan like a jar of emotional anal bleach, begging to help you wipe away the toxic shit you’re hanging on to, so that you can once again stare at your undercarriage in the mirror with pride.

Like his previous productions, Field Guide to Not Being an Asshole leads audiences through an interactive evening of Powerpoint-powered edutainment (this time peppered with adorable anuses cartooned by Tammy Gray) that blends stand-up with self-improvement. This time, Logan shamelessly lifts his structure from the 12 steps, with segment titles such as “Admitting your asshole is unmanageable” and “Turning your asshole over to a higher power.” As always, Donahoo is an expert at working a crowd, with snarky improvisational skills and a real rapport with his audience. But he also addresses some genuinely uncomfortable issues in between the jibes, including unintentional ableism and white supremacy.

I didn’t feel Donahoo’s latest script (which was once again directed by Rob Ward) was quite as tight as some of his award-winning earlier works, and I’d quibble that some of his illustrative examples appeared to conflate conservatism with assholery, while uncritically promoting performative wokeness and call-out culture. What’s really important is that Logan sparks a conversation that lasts longer than the laughter, about topics that us assholes (i.e., all of us) are often unwilling to address on our own.

Field Guide to Not Being an Asshole

Logan Donahoo
Orlando FL
Ages 18 and up
60 minutes
Wednesday, May 15th 8:30 PM
Friday, May 17th 10:15 PM
Saturday, May 18th 8:00 PM
Monday, May 20th 9:15 PM
Wednesday, May 22nd 9:15 PM
Friday, May 24th 10:30 PM
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