Like a typical teenager should be, Marco is painfully awkward, and so are the comic books he writes. Unfortunately, the production of Busted Jesus Comix suffers from the same behavioral condition.
Not to say that awkward doesn’t have it’s merits; Seinfeld, or The Simpsons would be good examples of shows exploring absurd situations. And while this production does speak a tiny bit towards the aesthetics of both of those shows, neither the writing by David Johnston, nor the direction by Ryan Taylor uplift this production towards its potential for entertainment. What could be delivered as a feisty send-up falls flat as the production is created without the zeal you would expect in a world with the potential of super powers.
Marco (Matt Reckeweg) is putting in an application to work at a coffee shop, meanwhile we learn, via flashbacks, that he was put on trial for writing obscene comic books. We are introduced to a host of characters, a “go straight” community meeting called Up From the Closet, and a couple of the offending comic book characters themselves. It’s an interesting idea with comic possibilities. Regrettably only a handful of lines actually reached that potential.
If you like the ironic world created by a movie like Saved! or But I’m a Cheerleader, then you may appreciate this piece. If not, the gender based, religious, and obscene dialogue may be completely lost as one tries to decipher this hormonal homage to the secret origins of superheroes.
- Running Time: 60 Minutes
- Tickets: Busted Jesus Comix
- Remaining Shows: Wed, July 23 at 6:30 . Sat, July 26 at 8 . Sun, July 27 at 4:30
- Where: Flashpoint, 916 G Street, NW