By Alan Kellogg
Fear and Loathing and Lovecraft (Stage 13 (Old Strathcona Public Library)
If there is a Fringe godhead, surely Mark Meer and P.J. Dawe are part of it, floating somewhere in the ether. Or perhaps….below, somewhere, in this telling.
Master monologist Dawe directs the always-estimable multi-threat Meer in Meer’s solo tour-de-force/adaptation of The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham. Here, authors Brian Keene (The Rising) and Nick Mamatas imagined a 1972 cross-country journey from Colorado to Massachusetts mingling the gonzo-ness of Hunter S. Thompson and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
Along the way, via Meer’s peerless chops, you’ll experience the likes of “Jack Kirby” LSD, bags of magic ‘shrooms, cases of Wild Turkey and handguns, men in fezs at a literally wired-up Committee to Re-Elect the President meeting (CREEP – true!), a discourse on the pineal gland, scary tentacles, Richard Nixon himself and J. Edgar Hoover, too – not to mention a brain-exchanging apparatus.
It’s all very entertaining, occasionally hilarious, occasionally scary and while we’re at it – very much a story for our time — vividly told by a master.