Marathon By T. J. Dawe
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Yellow Venue
An hour of T. J. Dawe is like a year with a psycho analyst but much cheaper and you get beer afterwards. Mr. Dawe continues to reveal his soul to paying audience; this show follows on to the Enneagrams show from a few years ago. Enneagrams are type of personality classification system, a stripped down Myers Briggs for those not in Human Relations. Tonight he discusses the Three Instincts – Self Preservation, Sexual and Social. We all possess them, one is strong and one is weak and the weak one is the one you brag about when you do it. Example: I was very proud when I actually sent a text. So I’m Socially Weak. Dawe builds his story on one of those childhood failuers that no one makes movies about, he goes out for track and field in his very small school, signs up for the most difficult of the events, and comes in last. He attmpts to pass out the second worst runner and not come in last, but he fails there as well. Unlike Rocky, no music swells, and no crowd applauds, and he must face his own failure. But in that failure he’s found growth, or at least self-acceptance. And even though he has found his milieu and routinely sells out on the Fringe circuit, he’s still filled with self-doubt. You just want to pat him on the back or shake his hand. But mostly, you’ll want to buy a ticket from him.
This production is part of the 2014 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Information on tickets and show times may be found at http://OrlandoFringe.org/