It starts off with an intentionally cringe-y joke about violent porn, and then this one man-show gets really graphic. Not in a sex-and-violence way, though there’s some of that, but in a troubled-soul-laid-bare way.
Vancouver actor Patrick Mercado plays Paul, a young man screwed up by family violence, an oppressive Catholic education and his own ADHD, who offers us disjointed glimpses into his life. It’s sharply written, and Mercado’s energetic and gutsy performance overcame a tiny opening-night crowd. But, even at 45 minutes, it’s cluttered. Mercado plays multiple characters, sometimes without enough purpose or definition. Often, the most riveting parts — and much here is riveting — are Paul in his own unsparing voice. It’s about a lot of things — self-hate, gender confusion, the minority experience, even rap battles — but not enough about any one thing to have real potency. A work in progress that has potential.
— Mary Agnes Welch