We don’t know when we’ll meet the people who will have the greatest impact on our lives and mean the most to us, and we cannot guess what sort of person they’ll be. For loner, “Jesus”, meeting Smiler, the son of his co-worker Grace, changes his life forever and for the better.
Smiler has a head injury, needs constant care and struggles to speak but that doesn’t mean he’s not a great guy - keen for a laugh and a few beverages. Jesus and Smiler strike up a friendship which sees them going out to clubs and rock concerts, as well as taking trips of a very different variety. However, it’s not all happy-times for the pair, as the realities of life do still get the better of everyone occasionally.
Writer/performer Richard Fry shows an appealing vulnerability as he presents Jesus’ story in eloquent modern prose. Some phrasings seem a little more laboured than others but, overall, it is delivered in a remarkably naturalistic style with a pleasing meter and satisfying rhyme. The stage is empty save a single chair which is effectively used to accentuate Fry’s occasional transition into the character of Smiler; however the movement does get slightly repetitive. Encroaching sounds from an external music performance and internal plumbing were distracting at times, though Fry did well to maintain his focus and overcome these.
It is fascinating to hear a story told in this way and the material is affecting and heart-felt. Coupled with the strong delivery, this show really packs an emotional punch.
Kryztoff Rating: 4.5K
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