Madhouse Rhythm -- A Funny, Frank Look at Mental Illness
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Featured review from Paul
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Switching effortlessly from piano to hip-hop vocal to talk, Joshua Walters confronts the difficult issue of mental illness in this short, 80-minute performance piece. Though the subject matter is heavy, there was a good dose of humor. Walters did an excellent job of connecting with the audience; I, and others, were focused on him the whole time.
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I give him props for his courage to do what he does on stage, but the show is in serious need of both a director and an editor. It's a work in progress and could stand some cleaning up and tightening.
I got bored about a third of the way in, too...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Exceptionally sharp…in the funniest possible way. —San Francisco Chronicle
Frank, funny, intense, at times unsettling, Walters is a dynamic performer. —San Francisco Bay Guardian
Artful…informative…done with humor. —KGO 560, ABC
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Joshua Walters is an internationally acclaimed comedian, poet, educator and performer whose work has appeared on ABC, MTV2, PBS and NPR. A theater performer for over a decade, Walters incorporates elements of spoken word and beatbox into his shows, in a mash-up of comedy, intimate reflection and unpredictable antics. In the last two years, Walters has performed at theaters and universities throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Madhouse Rhythm is the story of someone who has flipped “inflicted” into “gifted,” and coined “mental illness” into… “mental skillness.” Walters’ show uses humor to reframe madness as a positive.