Forget that saying about how those who can’t do, teach.
U of M theatre professor Bill Kerr shows how it’s done here — with an Irish accent — in a brilliant, edgy performance as a driven furniture salesman who is a monster of a man.
Kerr, who also directed, spends almost the whole intense drama in bed — not in a sexual way — with recent theatre grad Megan Andres. She is also breathtakingly good as his polio-damaged daughter.
Be warned: this is an extreme, harrowing two-hander by Ireland’s Enda Walsh, full of swearing, disturbing imagery and visceral stories of cruelty. It’s rooted in ugly truths about how the drive to succeed and the fear of shame compel some people to sell their souls, torture their employees and destroy their home lives.
It does have a hopeful ending. And Walsh’s writing is superb, tapping into the ways in which stories — fairy tales, romance novels, boastful memories — can be traps or salvations.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
A father and daughter frantically retell/relive their warped stor(ies) in a desperate effort to achieve some kind of ending.
By one of Ireland’s most provocative contemporary playwrights, bedbound is savagely funny and densely poetic.
"Think Beckett with a broken bottle in his hand" - The Times
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Strobe Lights, Disturbing content
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Rachel Browne Theatre (Venue 8), to July 24
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, unemployed, equity, Fringe performers
Under 16 not admitted.