The Good Boy: Coming-of-Age Solo Show About Dealing with Deaf Parents
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The last date listed for The Good Boy was Sunday September 19, 2010 / 3:00pm.
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Michael Bonnabel is one of the great figures in L.A. music theater and theater scene, and has premiered many works written for him (including Philip Littell's and Eliot Douglass' "The Wandering Whore" and Littell's "No Miracle: A Consolation"). This is a show about Michael's growing up in a home with two deaf parents; he frequently signs during the performance, and on Sundays there is a ASL translator also on stage. Michael has both comedic and poignant stories in this 85 minute staged monologue, and his gifts for beautiful voice, perfect timing of delivery, and thoughtful writing that brings the audience immediately into his story and doesn't let go make this an evening of theater and human existence that you shouldn't miss. The other comment about there not being a dry eye in the house is accurate; Michael gives a very moving performance and moves the audience along with him.
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- The Sunday matinee offers an ASL translator.
Bootleg is proud to announce The Good Boy, the premiere production of a solo performance piece that tells the funny, moving and sometimes devastating story of his life as a little boy trying to find his voice in the middle of a large family raised by two complicated and loving deaf parents. Set in 1960’s Pasadena, and with the use of sign, speech and song, Michael shares his family’s stories of triumph, grief, dignity and shared respect. Learning to communicate his own feelings, dealing with adult responsibilities far beyond his young years and waiting for an emotional echo in a silent home, Michael is always the good boy who never quite feels as though he is good enough. He takes the audience into his young adult life struggling to find independence while never giving up in his quest for a deeper connection to his distant and remote father.
Michael Bonnabel is a Los Angeles-based performance artist with a wide range of noteworthy theater, film and TV credits, including award winning performances in Philip Littell’s No Miracle: A Consolation at Playwright’s Arena and the ADA Best Revival signed and spoken production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story at the Actor’s Workout Studio. He has appeared on The Bootleg Theater and Evidence Room stages many times including in the highly regarded and extremely successful Ken Roht’s 99¢ Only Calendar Girl Competition, and most recently in Robert Prior’s colorful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Project: Wonderland, as the Caterpillar, among other characters. Other appearances include productions with The Long Beach Opera Company, West Coast Ensemble, Tiffany, Highways, Odyssey, Colony and Meta Theaters. Currently Michael is appearing in the long-running, sold-out production of The Manor, written by Kathy Bates.