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23 Star Starred
Theatre Asylum & Lab
1078 Lillian Way Hollywood, CA 90038
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4.6 average rating
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59 reviews
7 stars
attended Jul 20 2010

An intriguing piece that is well performed by an extremely talented ventriloquist! Although the play could stand a bit of tightening, is holds some very funny bits and thoughtful musings on the nature of the human mind. Overall, a very pleasant...continued

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24 reviews
11 stars
attended Jul 21 2010

This was a well-directed, well-written and seriously well-performed hour of theater. Strassman does such a good job in "both" roles that it actually seems inappropriate to call this a one-man show. The Guardian, London called it "Brilliant," and...continued

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9 reviews
5 stars
attended Jul 24 2010

Have seen the show before, and this is tighter and more polished.

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“So cool and sassy, he’s almost in orbit… if you can buy or beg a ticket, take it.” —Sunday Mail, Scotland
“Strassman is to ventriloquy what rocket power is to air travel” —Daily Mail, London
“He has achieved what many considered impossible: he has made ventriloquism hip!” --The Independent_, London
“Brilliant.” —_The Guardian
, London



A dark, hilarious journey into the psyche of one man….or is he two?

Teetering on the edge of psychosis, Strassman battles his alter ego for sanity, finally crossing to the dark side with this compelling psychological comedy. Radically original, disturbingly funny …and not to be missed!

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award Winner!

Written and directed by Steve Altman

David Strassman continues to push the boundaries of ventriloquism in this psychological comedy play digging deep into the relationship between ventriloquist and dummy, exploring the clash of ego and alter ego, the conscious and the sub-conscious, and the contrasting sides of the self that exist between man and puppet, and ourselves. Strassman and his long serving accomplice Chuck Wood sit in a psychiatrist’s waiting room and debate the existence of each other, from the pornographic to the philosophical, the comic to the tragic, and the physical to the metaphysical with their trademark twisted humor and high tech stage effects, to answer the ultimate question: who controls who?  

Last seen at the Fringe at Pleasance One during his Total Sell Out run 2005, David Strassman is one of the world’s most innovative ventriloquists, continually looking to explore new horizons within the art form. He has been working with robotics using his own self-designed Puppetronic puppets since the mid-eighties when he and a NASA engineer friend sneaked into a NASA laboratory at 2am to lathe the machinery that could switch Chuck from manual to remote control. The early robotics that enabled Chuck Wood to “come alive” and talk to the audience once Strassman had left the stage in 1986 are developed much further here with cutting edge technology to animate Chuck live and independently as a separate character within the play.

With the help of 2 time Tony-nominated New York Producer, David Foster, and the exceptional writing and direction of Steve Altman, Duality has evolved into a theatrical event making it a “first” in the history of puppeteering and ventriloquism.

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