Review of ‘Pissing on the Great Wall’

By Kelly Luck

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Phillip Low has become a returning regular here at the Fringe, coming to do his spoken-word monologues detailing the various adventures of his life. Spoken-word performances do not, unfortunately, seem to draw the crowds very well, which is a shame, as Low is a gifted and entertaining storyteller that this reviewer tries to catch whenever he comes through town.

This show has him relating his times in China, tracing back the history of his family. He talks all about the hassle of trying to get there, leaving his bag in a cab and the lengths he went to get it back again, trekking over hill and dale with his father who is not, by his own admission, the pleasantest of travelling companions. They deal with frustration after frustration, trying to find their way through a country where he doesn't speak any of the language, until finally arrives at an ending that frankly astounds.

Incidentally, this show is a sequel of sorts to his 2007 "Descendant of Dragons", in which he details his first such trip to his family's homeland. It is that monologue that essentially established his reputation as a raconteur.

As mentioned, Mr. Low is an entertaining storyteller, and knows how to put just the right amount of humor into his monologues. His tale of how he managed to set his kitchen on fire had the audience at the Westport Coffee House gasping with laughter, and is by itself worth the price of admission. He is definitely worth catching as a performer, and it is always interesting to see what new tales he brings each year. Already this reviewer is looking forward to next year's offering with anticipation.