Red Bastard: Lie With Me (Stage 11, Nordic Studio Theatre)
The Red Bastard is a white-faced, red-eyed beast in a unitard with a balloon-stuffed midriff. He jumps, dances, slurps, spins, shouts, cackles, and snorts across the stage trying to understand us — we humans, who lie.
While he is a classic bouffon, he is also a modern asshole; he pokes and accuses and draws out the audience masterfully. Eric Davis, the man in red, has performed as lead clown in Cirque du Soleil shows, but he also knows how to create intimate theatre in a black box.
Lie With Me is a funny, uncomfortable, and tender hour of theatre, a truly unique pick among the more standard confessionals and stand-up routines that make up the one-person-show. You will want to retire immediately to the beer tent to discuss what you’ve just experienced, as it might be the most revealing date-night choice at the festival.
While there is a lot to fear in “audience participation,” The Red Bastard finds a way to make it feel like what happens at Stage 11 stays at Stage 11.