Thought Provoking Humor in THE BOOK OF MORON at Bucks County Playhouse

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Bucks County Playhouse continues its holiday season with the second of Robert Dubac’s one-man shows, THE BOOK OF MORON. Not to be confused by a musical with a similar name, MORON is a thought-provoking tour through the playwright/performer’s mind. In this show, Bob (Dubac) has amnesia…he cannot remember several important details about his life, including where he is, how he got there, and why he can’t remember. He determines that in order to remember, he has to discover THE TRUTH…but what is the truth, and how does one find it?

Dubac combines the finest parts of social commentary and standup comedy in his shows, and this one is a classic example. He is so at ease on stage, talking with the audience, you feel as if you are an invited guest into his introspection…and indeed, you are. In Dubac’s search for the truth, he relies on his inner voices…His Voice of Reason, His Common Sense, His Inner Moron, His Inner Child, and His Inner A**hole. Dubac shows us each of these voices with different accents, body language, and characters, much to the audience’s delight. The Voice of Reason helps “Bob” find the Door of Truth, and with each revelation, he peels away another layer of the truth, and with it skewers many of society’s foibles, pop-cultural icons, and idio(t)syncracies. He discusses sex, race, religion, media and politics with equal parts wisdom, silliness, and a large dose of thought-provoking honesty.

It’s difficult to avoid comparisons to Dubac’s other show recently on display (especially since I attended the opening of both shows.) THE BOOK OF MORON is not as gut-busting hilarious as its predecessor, but in many way is a more complete production…the humor is there, and chuckles are plentiful. However, there were also many scattered bursts of applause in response to Dubac hitting a cultural icon right between the eyes with a well-placed verbal dart. And, I left this production thinking about many of the things Dubac discussed.

This is a very limited run production, only in performance through Saturday the 29th. Whether you saw his prior show or not, it’s a great way to spend 80 minutes, with an “old friend” on a holiday weekend.

Robert Dubac’s THE BOOK OF MORON
Conceived, written and performed by Robert Dubac
November 25 – 29, 2014
Bucks County Playhouse
70 S Main Street
New Hope, PA 18938
(215) 862-2121
www.bcptheater.org

 

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Walter Bender

Walter Bender

Walter Bender is a veteran of over 35 years performing all over the country. He attended Texas Lutheran University as a Theatre Arts and Vocal Performance major. While in college he toured much of the Southern and Western states with various acting and singing groups. He appeared briefly on radio in San Antonio and on TV in Miami while in college. Moving back to PA, he has performed in well over 100 amateur and professional theatrical productions, and directed dozens more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Among his favorite roles are Lt. Colonel Jessup (A Few Good Men), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), and most recently he was George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Arguably his favorite theatrical memory was creating the role of Alan Frick in A Fast Train to Heaven for Bill Gottshall Productions. He is co-founder of Spring-Ford Community Theater, has served as Managing Director of 2 different theaters, Artistic Director of a third and President of another. He worked for the Delaware Valley Arts Institute, where he worked with many wonderful artists and instructors, culminating in being selected to facilitate a post-graduate course at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Currently he serves on the board of directors for dcp theatre as their Director of Corporate Communications.

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