Don’t Stop Believin’
PIT denizen Marc Bonnée injects a
rock-and-roll spirit into his performance showcase.
Bonnée, formerly of People’s Improv
Theater sketch comedy group Drop Six (see
interview, 2/25/07), has returned to the theater with a solo
showcase, “Too,” a well-structured show that showcases his versatility
as a performer.
“Too” is a 45-minute mix of character pieces and dramatic monologues
interspersed with briefer interludes in which
Bonnée rocks out dancing and singing to
certain songs. He uses tracks such as “Rooster” by Alice In Chains to
set moods and tones around longer pieces, breathing a certain style and
structure into the show.
The most ingenious character piece in “Too” finds Bonnée
anthropomorphizing a soccer ball, with a caved in half of a ball on his
head serving as a costume. Bonnée voices the ball’s thoughts and
feelings about getting kicked and head-butted around all day.
Bonnée reprises an old favorite character from his Drop Six days, Joey
Jerkins, an over-confident Tony Manero type urging his audience in
infomercial style to get in touch with their emotions and be confident
ad happy. As Jerkins, Bonnée adds a few new wrinkles to the character
bringing him closer to the PIT’s audience and interacting a bit more
with audience members as this character.
Along the way, Bonnée has added some personal and in-character
monologues that are more dramatic than comedic, or at very least wryly
and darkly comic, that serve to let audiences get to know him, and draw
them in for when he takes flight with more broadly comedic creations
like Jerkins and the soccer ball. Among the more touching of these is
Bonnée’s tales of being raised by a single mom, and a challenging
reconciliation with his father as a teenager.
all, “Too” is an involving showcase for a heart-on-his-sleeve type of
performer, who can also pull off chameleonic changes into different
characters for comedy’s sake. Bonnée gives audiences tastes of both
light and dark material, and a range of tones, in this showcase.
Marc Bonnée in “Too” returns to The PIT on Thursday, Nov. 11.