The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety (Review)

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety (Review)
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety (Review)
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THE PLAY: A Bronx Puerto Rican grew up loving pro wrestling and entered the biz as an adult. His self-examination guides the narrative for this spirited look behind the scenes and the politics of this highly theatrical sport. It takes place in and around a ring with some real fake fighting and lots of boisterous discourse.


THE PRODUCTION: Those expecting traditional theatre may be shocked and surprised, but those who appreciate superior production will be entertained and impressed. The accomplished young actors disappeared into their raucous roles: Axle Burtness anchors the proceedings with assurance and strong timing, Mauricio Marcés is a crackerjack of swagger and charm, James Long brings amazing physical skill and hilarity and Josh Marin is the charismatic master of the ring. Director Kerry McGee has staged the often talky play with explosive energy. Edwin Slipek has stepped up the basic wresting arena with shiny trappings and Geno Brantley’s lights add colorful fun. The only criticism is that two of the fighters aren’t muscular enuff for the real thing.


THE POINT: This is more show than play, but it is a rousing, raucous look at wrestling in knockout production.






At Firehouse Theatre Project thru 3/8.



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