Ontario’s Tim Murphy opens his one-man show with some interesting trivia on the word "hobbling," explaining that the current meaning is "limiting," yet the original meaning was "movement in all directions." The space between those two extremes forms the framework of his story.
Keen to learn the reasons behind his recurring bouts of depression and back pain, and unsatisfied with conventional therapies, Murphy takes the extreme step of enrolling in a Buddhist Vipassana retreat: 10 days of silence, breathing exercises and strict meditation involving sitting motionless for hours at a time. (The enforced sitting causes hobbling when you try to get up, hence the title.)
Murphy’s personal and straightforward narrative style holds the audience’s attention. The hour is much like listening one-on-one to a friend detailing/re-enacting his dilemmas, and the eventual outcome.
Slow and steady, the show isn’t for everyone. But if the subject relaxes or intrigues — or maybe enlightens and helps you — that’s a good thing.
— Janice Sawka