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The beat goes on in fringe magnet Jayson McDonald’s homage to junkie wordslinger William S. Burroughs.
The London, Ont., writer-performer’s rambling, hallucinogenic circle tour of Burroughs’ life is an artfully conceived 60-minute tangent that incorporates a skilful cut-up of biographical notes, along with cameos from beat contemporaries Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
Rife with visceral imagery — “The baby erupts from her womb like a cork from a champagne bottle” — and poetic virtuosity, it packs an impressive cerebral punch.
If only the performance connected on a gut level, this drama would be unbeatable.
— Pat St. Germain
From the Fringe program:
Willy is a pharmaceutical astronaut in search of the whats and the wherefores, cutting and pasting narrative over a backdrop of urban decay and suburban clot, and mapping the Underbelly for future malcontents.
A fevered hallucination inspired by the life and work of William S. Burroughs and The Beats from the creator of "Giant Invisible Robot", "Boat Load" and "Gunpowder".
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 min
Under 16 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM CDT: