A Broth of a Boy, Based on the Life of IRA Man Brendan Behan
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To do a one-person show effectively, especially if it is only portraying one character, requires that the audience is able to share the perceptions of the imaginary characters to thoroughly flesh him out. That requires a truly exceptional script. This was not that script. Brendan Behan was a complicated, if alcoholic, man. Not much nuance here.
Danny Venezia has a lovely voice, but fewer songs, more creative dialog, a better accent, and more creative set and costume changes would have helped.
Quotes & Highlights
- “A brilliant performer, passionate, poignant and hilarious portrayal of Behan full of fire and conviction. Riveting stuff.” --Irish Post
- “A remarkable full-body performance. A winning show.” --Boston Globe
Based on Behan’s writings, starring Danny Venezia and directed by Richard Smithies, A Broth of a Boy is a vibrant production set in four different bars, portraying Behan at four critical points in his turbulent career, resulting in his untimely death at the age of 41.
We first meet Behan in high spirits, celebrating his return to Dublin after four years in Mountjoy Prison for shooting at police officers. The next scene is staged in a seedy Dublin den called the Catacombs, where Behan performs a wild one-man cabaret in an attempt to relieve his frustration with the Irish literary scene. We meet him five years later at the peak of his success giving a racy interview to a reporter at Harry’s Bar in Paris. Our last visit is at The White Horse Tavern in Ireland where we see him facing death with the same manic passion with which he faced life.
A natural singer and performer, Behan possessed a huge repertoire of Irish songs which are interspersed throughout the show. In his beautiful baritone, Danny performs songs ranging from traditional Celtic ballads like ‘Roisin Dhu’, to the rebel fervor of ‘The Bold Fenian Men’ and the music-hall rowdiness of ‘Take her up to Monto’.
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