Shakespeare Crackpot is the latest monologue by Fringe Festival staple Keir Cutler. In this hour long show Cutler takes the time to talk about he officially became a Shakespeare Crackpot. I guess to start off this review one must note that a Shakespeare Crackpot is one who believes that William Shakespeare was not actually the author of the works we know and call to be that of William Shakespeare.
Cutler, right off the top, is very engaging, well-spoken and well researched. To top it off he’s extremely entertaining. He regales the audience with tales of his past in academia and how he to get his Doctorate of Philosophy he wasn’t allowed to have any form of original thought, just regurgitate the professor’s opinions and beliefs.
Cutler’s biting criticism of the world of academia is insightfully hilarious and is very tongue in cheek. Cutler’s knowledge and studies of Shakespeare’s history allows him to speak with authority on why and how he thinks William Shakespeare was more of a nobody than anybody at all. His knowledge and research is also backed up by multiple famous authors and scholars whose works motivated him to start digging into this topic more deeply. He discusses the different theories behind who may have actually written Shakespeare and claims that there are over 84 different potential candidates.
Cutler did have a slip up in the middle of his script where he forgot where he was and had to check, yet he did it flawlessly and hilariously, continuing to engage the audience and talk about this topic while he found his spot.