Brooklyn duo Paul Rome and Roarke Menzies take the stage once again with an intimate performance that "sparkles with intelligence, clever writing, sharp satire and an often hilarious send-up of the classics of our canon" (Volume 1 Brooklyn).
Taking cues from audio storytellers like Ira Glass and Garrison Keillor, as well as innovative monologists like Joe Frank and Spalding Gray, Calypso finds Rome reading the classics, narrating irreverent retellings of Homer and Virgil from the perspective of a disgruntled but faithful wife Penelope, and the Western world's original heartbreaker: Aeneas.
Meanwhile, Menzies delivers "the character we love to hate to be" (Hyperallergic), relating a confessional tale of young love sparked over Haruki Murakami, vintage Calypso records and a fateful tandem bicycle ride through Manhattan's West Village.
Penned by Rome, the stories "glisten with sophistication and wit" (Volume 1 Brooklyn), while Menzies' soundtrack accompanies like a bard's lyre, "placing the viewer exactly where the authors want her to be: deeply immersed in the story" (Bushwick Daily).
Writes Paul Cox for Hyperallergic: "It's striking how Menzies' score, along with Rome's measured sentences, captivates and immerses the auditory cortex. ... And the catharsis feels so good."
Theater: The Bushwick Starr
Address: 207 Starr Steet
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006