I don’t know if Slash Coleman has big matzo balls, but I know that Rick Huddle does. First, he wrote to our website using his own name. Second, he is doing a one-man show about consumer choice, which will get you about six people in your audience. Third, he had six people in his audience yesterday, and he did his show as dynamically and professionally as if the place were packed.
If only his wit and insight was big as his matzo balls, I would shower him with those Baldacchinos which my editor awards to shows at the top of the review. Alas, they are pretty pedestrian, at least in this show. It turns out that one of the reasons he buys stuff is to impress women. And one of the reasons he likes to buy stuff is that he likes to have stuff. At one point he plays a game with us: he shows us a page at random from Sky Mall magazine, and we immediately pick out one item which we would like (…a scooter, some luggage, and so on). On a day that a Canadian non-profit called on people not to buy anything, he tells us, he bought a camera. He tells us the moving story of a North Carolina town which suffered devastating unemployment when Converse decided to have all their Chuck Taylors made overseas. (I could be wrong, but I think he was nonetheless wearing Chuck Taylors).
He closes the show with a pledge to shop sensibly, research his purchases, avoid the products of multinational corporations, and buy only quality flip-flops. He has the grace to make this pledge in mock-heroic mode, with Neil Diamond’s Coming to America blasting out of the speakers. Still, I am compelled to think… isn’t Coming to America manufactured by Capitol Records, which is owned by the British Company EMI? Aren’t the speakers manufactured by Panasonic?
But, jeez Louise, six people! Some performers would have cancelled the show. Some performers would have rushed through it indifferently. Huddle did the show in his customary ingratiating manner, patiently and generously. He may not have a seaful of Baldacchinos, but he’s got a ton of class.
Running Time: 60 minutes
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