Very few people have led lives interesting enough to describe in detail to others (as proven by the experience of countless cocktail parties). Fortunately for Fringegoers, Geraldine Buckley is one of those rare exceptions. Better yet, she tells her story in an entertaining manner in Destination? Slammer!
Ms. Buckley is an experienced storyteller and it shows in the well-organized stories she presents. She begins with her experience as a prison chaplain, but then circles back through her life before bringing the story whole.
Indicated by the subtitle (The Hilarious True Adventures That Transform A British Convent School Girl Into A Chaplain At The Largest Men’s Prison In Maryland), we get lovely bites from her life. That life includes growing up in an Irish Catholic family, attending convent school, being raised in Spain, seeking her first professional job with the British Broadcasting Corporation, and winding up a disc jockey in Austin, Texas (where she made some famous friends).
Each chapter in Ms. Buckley’s presentation is extremely well-structured. Every sentence contributes a delicious little detail, and each story reaches a definite and meaningful conclusion.
It is clear from her smooth professionalism that Ms. Buckley has told these stories countless times. Yet, she still imbues the telling with delightful charm.
Nothing in these tails is off-color or offensive, nor are the religious aspects near the end at all heavy-handed. It is hard to imagine any audience member who would not enjoy the presentation.
Perhaps the stories are so light in spirit and in the telling that they may not leave as great animpact as the work of the best storytellers. Yet Destination? Slammer! is good-hearted, entertaining, and meaningful, a rare trifecta in the Fringe world.
Destination? Slammer! has 3 more performances at the Goethe Institut – Main Stage, 812 7th Street NW, Washington, DC.