By Daniel O.W. Smith
Published July 20, 2015
KNEEL! DIAMOND DOGS is a one-man show primarily concerning two legendary personalities: Neil Diamond and David Bowie.
There's no doubt the show, starring Michael Posthumus, could use some more polish. But that's a major part of what Fringe is all about: giving artists an opportunity to try out their work in the hopes of stoking their development.
Anyway, it's very early in the run for KNEEL!, on its second showing in Hamilton at the time of writing. The play's own writing is excellent, its premise feels original, and its sole cast member puts on a perfectly silly performance in just about the best way possible.
At the same time, some non-silly themes come into play for those who want to think about them. Without delving too deeply, the play brings a great perspective on how we seek out music and the stars who make it to provide us with a form of companionship and a whisper of confidence in times of self-doubt and alienation.
Then again, it's a type of companionship that only goes so far in replacing real people. KNEEL! dramatizes this pitfall.
For me, the shortcomings, as they are, are really quite minor. It's such a fun and goofy performance, ultimately celebrating each of our own capacities for freakiness, that I can't fault them.
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