In Tandem's One-Man Comedy
Artist steals dog in 'Chesapeake'
Daniels cuts an even balance between the provocative intellectual side of Lee Blessing’s script and the more visceral emotional pacing of the story. What the artist embarks upon is essentially a well-intentioned misadventure. Will it end with adversaries coming to a greater understanding? Absolutely. Aside from a rather serious twist after intermission, the story is actually quite predictable. Daniels does a brilliant job of keeping it emotionally genuine even when the story itself feels profoundly surreal. He delivers the poetry of Blessing’s words to the stage with a respectable earthiness that keeps it firmly grounded in reality. Most importantly, Daniels is good enough at what he’s doing that an audience member can rather quickly lose track of the fact that they’re watching a single man talk onstage for a couple of hours. It’s that simple.
Chesapeake runs through March 16, at the 10th Street Theatre, 628 N. 10th St. For tickets, call 414-271-1371 or visit intandemtheatre.org.