Theater for the New City
by John Gallagher
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.
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
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."