Sat, 11 Mar|
This performance confronts the troubles of modern masculinity head-on. George, the main character, provides a delightfully comic monologue of his vulnerability and suppressed aggression. A surrealistic, rollicking, slightly creepy look into the darker side of men.
Time & Location
11 Mar 2023, 20:00 – 21:30
B'Izou Theatre, Rue de la Promenade 13, 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium
About the Event
A surrealist display of the harsh reality of gender politics, Absolutely Reliable! is transfixing and provocative.
By Lee Delong and Ralf Wetzel
Directed by Lee Delong
With Ralf Wetzel
Masks created by Stephen John Cooper
Absolutely Reliable! Is a solo mask performance that confronts toxic masculinity head-on in a delightfully comic monologue that follows George through an examination of his male vulnerability and suppressed aggression. In a timely response to the #metoo movement, George negotiates the tangled web of his increasingly darker side. A surrealistic, rollicking, slightly creepy look into his world sheds tender light on just how bad alpha-male culture can get.
George is a white, middle aged, middle class, middle manager desperate for female attention. Just as he appears to be getting closer to the object of his desire, he swirls in a maelstrom of denial, anger, and insecurity. George oscillates between love and loss, death and birth, and never ever finds his deeper self. Director and co-writer Lee Delong has transformed George’s anxieties and traumas into a raw investigation of contemporary gender norms using dark comedy. Co-author Ralf Wetzel wears a mask that fits him like a glove. It has a transfixing power and sometimes one forgets that it’s a mask, so much so that Wetzel plays two distinct characters - male and female - with only one mask. Negotiating a labyrinth of increasingly comic situations, George is peeled away like an onion to reveal a surprising truth.
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