By Luke Dodge
Scott Cox takes the stage dressed in shorts, sandals, and a glass of whiskey. It’s a simple set of seemingly random objects: table, chair, easel, and a garish red/green tub of props. You feel as if you may have accidentally wandered into his basement instead of a theater.
Scott plays a disgruntled actor who speaks directly to the audience; no fourth wall here. Though it’s a one-man show, he occasionally interacts with the person running tech, pulling them into the show briefly as a character. Shapeshifting between poet and millennial vernacular, Scott is a chimera of classical literature professor, cynical modern man, and a midlife crisis.
Bringing commentary of his own life onto the stage, Scott relates it back to theater history. His performance is as much a part of him as he is of the performance. Scott beautifully delivers soliloquies and then critically discusses their meaning. I know it sounds like a lecture, but I promise you the performance is compelling. Trust me when I say this is a class I would gladly attend.
Scott has a wonderful stage presence which fills the theater to the brim. Melodramatic, self deprecating rants about humanity are a delight. His self-aware, plucky commentary tries to convince you he’s valiantly avoiding doing any actual Shakespeare when we all know he’s loving it (and so are we).
The show attempts, and succeeds, at imparting the importance to modern society of Shakespeare in an entertaining and evocative fashion. I left with a better understanding of the importance of the works of William Shakespeare. Makes me wonder what I’ve been missing all these years without them in my life.
Filled with heartwarming true stories of his time spent teaching in Lansing Correctional Facility and the effect it had on both himself and the inmates. Scott brings emotion and passion to the stage in a call to action which is guaranteed to move you. Conversational in tone and at the same time perfectly executed, the performance connected directly with each person in the theater and received a well earned standing ovation.
SPOILER: If you've ever wanted to see a Shakespearean actor read from the phone book now is your chance.