Martin Dockery’s reputation precedes him: the New York actor’s one-man show sold out its opening night, a fact which prompted several fellow fringe reviewers to ask, "Wait, has anyone ever heard of this guy?"
The question won’t be asked for much longer. Thanks to Wanderlust, a smart and snappy comedic monologue, Dockery’s name will quickly make the rounds of beer-tent lips; that opening night won’t be his last sellout.
Early in this breathless 70-minute African adventure, Dockery gives up its heart: Life is, a herd of goats on the road to Timbuktu opines, "a series of situations with scant explanation."
So is Wanderlust. With no props and only sparing use of mood lighting, Dockery dives into vignettes from a real-life backpacking trip, ties them back to his spotted life as a file clerk, and lets the audience draw what conclusions they may.
His anecdotes, expertly woven into a fluid, fast-paced script, are vivid and warmly funny. And though they gently lead us to the African epiphany Dockery sought, they don’t beat us over the head with The Message.
But it’s the star, not the story, which really makes Wanderlust a hit. Dockery is delightfully manic without once threatening to become grating. A fine line to walk, but he handsprings it the whole way through.
— Melissa Martin
From the official Fringe program:
After a decade of temping, both at work and in relationships, a man embarks on a solo trip deep into Africa, trekking from the Atlantic to the Sahara. There he demands an Epiphany. Any Epiphany. Some proof that though we may be temporary, we're more than mere temps.
A comic, true story. "Spectacularly good…Absolutely unforgettable." - nytheatre.com
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#7 The Conservatory 211 Bannatyne Ave (Crocus Bldg.)
Discount Tickets: $6 for Fringe performers