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Zero Boy
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World War Zero
Theater for the New City

review by John Gallagher


"Listen up, kids! If we gotta go to War, this is the war we all should be going to, instead of that other one that promises to have very good multi-media, but very few laughs. Yes, boys and girls, I went to War last night to catch World War Zero and finally discovered what all the Zeroboy fireworks are about.

Zero Boy rocks your ears, and shocks your sense of reality -- using only his mouth, well mostly his mouth. He is a noise machine-on-a-mic. And he doesn't play second-mic to anyone, not even somebody like Robin Williams. And his other mic-mouthed, tech-tongued, sound-synthesizing co-stars are way cool, too. And they all are way funnier that even G. Dubya Bush is accidentally. And I think that is saying something.

World War Zero has a story continutity all about the sounds of war, but that doesn't much matter. Damaris Webb is very edible as Sashimi, and gives good pony, too. I also liked her dom turn as Georgia Lickalotapus, a girl with a whip who made me and the rest of the other audience members wanna jump up to obey her, which in fact we did. The multimedia graphic animations of Bigtwin are simple, yet powerful doing their job as second banana on a screen. Allon, the bass player, walks on and off without falling down. The ninja puppeteer with the psycho emperor puppet has some choice one liners. I like the one about losing friends in 911... like Lambchop. Okay, it's sick, but it is fun.

This group of sound-making comics almost spin out funny new bits and schtick faster than your ears2brain synapses can process them... so, definitely give this War a listen. And do what you can to turn off the other one."

John Gallagher 12/10/02


The Reviewer: John Gallagher is a playwright and director,
a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Writers Guild of America.
Send disagreements and death threats to johnpatgallagher@aol.com


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