The Conical Glass: Geniuses in Berkeley:
I saw Daisey's "21 Dog Years" a while back, and found his performance style, with its wild gesticulations, to be a little too in-your-face, as overcaffeinated as a triple espresso. "Dog" tells the story of Daisey's employment at Amazon.com in the early days of the dotcom boom, a topic ripe for broad satire, but I thought it could have used more nuance. But Daisey is still young (34) and I was interested to find out how he had grown as an artist. The answer: a lot. If "Dog" sometimes felt like one of those heavy metal songs that bludgeons you over the head with its loud drums & guitars, "Great Men" is a symphony, complete with artful crescendoes and quiet passages that will have you on the edge of your seat, absorbing every word.
Is it too early to declare "Great Men of Genius" the theatrical event of the year? It's certainly one of the most ambitious, a grandiose idea that's paid off in a big way.