Red Bastard features Eric Davis as the titular scoundrel bent on teaching his audience to better appreciate life. Not only are the attendees the targets, but their participation is an absolute necessity in this outlandish yet charming and engaging piece. Enter if you dare.
Should you see it?
Provocative and very entertaining, Red Bastard has some solid cringes and laughs.
Red Bastard is throws more than its fair share of laughs, shudders, and honesty. Performer Eric Davis, who co-created the piece with Deanna Fleysher and Sue Morrisson under Bastard Productions, puts on a one man show and gets the audience involved immediately. After all, something interesting HAS to happen every 10 seconds, and Davis makes sure something does. His character, the titular Red Bastard, pulls out the stops to provoke and entertain you, while also waxing philosophical throughout the show.
The Bastard is certainly charismatic, and that’s the strength of the show. You feel compelled to keep your eyes on Davis as he jumps about in his balloon-stuffed skin-tight red morph-suit . From the first flash of his mischievous grin, I knew this was going to be a fun. Unfortunately, some of the audience was turned off by the participatory nature of the show. While the previews do say the audience is the Bastard’s target, I think most were expecting him to merely mock the audience as opposed to getting right in our faces. So take this as your warning: Red Bastard is not for the faint of heart.
For me, the moments when Davis began questioning the audience about themselves was the most engrossing. It’s rare that a show makes us question ourselves, at least so bluntly. But don’t be mistaken, the show has some wicked humour, and it left me with a smile on my face. I highly recommend it, as long as you have strong mental fortitude.
But that’s just my opinion and I’m interested to read what you think. Did you enjoy Eric Davis’ Bastard as I much as I did? Let me know in the comments below!
Red Bastard runs June 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, and 30th. For more information, check out our preview article.
Photos in this article provided by Justin Bernhaut via The Ottawa Fringe.