Monday, January 31, 2011

The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

LW has been introducing me to some of the best shows that came through town. Last night, GH and I joined her at St. Ann's Warehouse to watch "The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church," a monologue written and performed at a furiously voluble--or volubly furious--speed by Daniel Kitson. The show, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2009, tells the discovery of a trove of letters written by Church when Kitson was house-hunting in Yorkshire. The first letter Kitson could read, still sitting in the typewriter, was a suicide note. What followed was one obsessive man's quest to understand another obsessive man. It was a most compelling performance, with no other prop, but a notepad, a glass of water, a restless body and a voice that hurries over its occasional stutter.

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