"Tony the Fantastic Fireman! Live: One Show Only" by Late Night Theatre
Tony The Fantastic Fireman! Live: One Show Only
Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Fri, Sat at 11pm
Late Night Theatre at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa ignites the stage in April with the world premiere of TONY THE FANTASTIC FIREMAN! LIVE: ONE SHOW ONLY. Written by UH Mānoa undergraduate theatre major, Malia Wessel, this new dark comedy shows what happens when a well-known children’s television show host sabotages his own career during a live broadcast, despite the efforts of those around him. Filled with silly songs and playful existentialist humor, this original work is sure to leave an impression.
Wessel’s new play follows the life of Greg, a middle-aged man who has starred as Tony in the TV show-within-the-play called Tony the Fantastic Fireman! for the last 15 years and has grown disenchanted with his career. Greg longs to ditch his child star persona to become a “serious actor.” As his career crumbles around him, by his own hand, the façade of performance collapses. As Haugen notes, “the audience is forced to see the people onstage as who they really are: people, actors, exposing themselves for other’s enjoyment.” And even as they witness a man fall apart in front of them Haugen would like the audience to acknowledge the answer to the question: “Are you not entertained?”
Performances run April 13, 14, 20, and 21in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre inside Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa Campus. All shows begin at 11:00pm. Tickets are available at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office one hour before curtain. There will be no intermission. While Tony the Fantastic Fireman! Live: One Show Only does portray a fictional children’s show, it may not be suitable for young audiences and contains mature themes and adult language.