The New York Times dubbed Mike Daisey “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation.” Our audiences loved Great Men of Genius, The Ugly American and 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com. Now Daisey returns to Berkeley Rep in an incredible doubleheader: two provocative new monologues that examine our obsession with commerce. With his wry eye and eccentric intellect, Daisey delivers two adventure stories—presented on different days—that cut deep with hilarious social critique.
Mike Daisey’s monologues, 15 and counting, have been seen across the country and around the world. Weaving together autobiography and gonzo journalism, they tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone.
Jean-Michele Gregory focuses on unscripted, extemporaneous works. Her shows ranked among the best plays of 2009 in New York Magazine, TheaterMania and Time Out New York.
“Scintillating…Daisey applies his robust comic style and challenging insights to the aftermath of the banking meltdown…No other monologist rants as captivatingly as Daisey, or copes so incisively with the transgressive topic of money…Between regaling us with the comic and telling details of our shopping habits and the islanders’ worship of Western material goods—‘the same religion we practice today’—Daisey plunges into thought-provoking looks at the artificial value of money and the ‘pyramid scheme’ of international finance.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Hilarious, provocative…Not only does he know where to find a story, but he knows how to tell is better than just about anyone…Sometimes laconic, occasionally folksy and full to the brim with killer-cogent observations…with rafter-rattling screams and strings of world-class profanity…Daisey is a delightful performer with a mastery of words…Amazing!”—San Jose Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
“In one of the indefatigable raconteur’s most tightly constructed, passionate and socially engaged monologues yet, Daisey’s anger and biting comedy stem from his heartbreak as a former longtime ‘worshiper in the house of Mac.’ Together with The Last Cargo Cult, which Daisey is performing in repertory with this piece, Agony fills out a trenchant and funny critique of what might be the most deeply held, if unacknowledged, beliefs in our culture.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A wisecracking cross between Michael Moore and Spalding Gray, the rubber-faced performer fuses the high-voltage nerviness of standup with a muckraker’s sense of gonzo journalism…one of the most trenchant pieces of political theater to come down the pike in ages.”—San Jose Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
“Master storyteller Mike Daisey’s one-man-show The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is a theater piece that every Apple fan should see. It’s a laugh-out-loud monologue about the world of Apple, but it delivers an important message…I laughed my head off for two hours, but I left feeling ashamed to turn my iPhone back on. The show is highly recommended. If you’re coming to Macworld this week, head across the Bay to Berkeley (it’s an easy BART ride) and check out Daisey’s show. It’s an eye-opener.”—Cult of Mac
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