It’s painful watching Robert Dubac wring out stand-up comedy and parables in the Book of Moron. You’ll laugh until it hurts.
For almost 90 minutes, Dubac claims the stage and your complete attention with his one-man comedy show, barreling through history, religion, politics, psychology and as much offensive material as he can glean from the offenses people hurl at each other.
“If you can’t blow the harmonica, are you untalented or homophobic?”
Yowser. That’s one of the show’s opening chords.
“If you get mugged by a woman, does she only steal 70 cents on the dollar?”
“The average American considers himself above average,” Dubac says. “What does that mean, the average American is French?”
Under the pretense of bringing the audience into Dubac’s unconscious mind after he’s suffered a blow to the head and is in a coma, he delivers a honed, astute and hilarious romp. He and the show are slick and fun.
With the ease and charm of a seasoned philosophy prof, Dubac knits his waking dream with a lightning fast observations about a world built on perceptions and cliches. It’s a world that has polarized our country like never before, and Dubac makes hay with it. At times raucously funny, he skillfully keeps the show from wandering away as nothing more than a marathon stand-up routine. Dubac channels five personalities — his inner child, his common sense, voice of reason, his-inner idiot and his inner-jerk — to drive home this point: Despite humanity’s Herculean effort to size up a black-and-white world, there are almost no absolutes. Except for maybe that TV is bad for our health and probably the perpetuation of the species.
Some ripe site gags, fart jokes, genital humor and one-liners keep the show from going the other way and becoming a gauzy lecture on the human condition. Everyone walks away at with face fatigue from grinning like a fool and laughing like one, too. But you leave the event a little transformed, maybe even willing to give Fox News anchors, congressional leaders or organized religion the benefit of the doubt.
Three and one-half out of five stars
“Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron,” Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m., Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Information: vintagetheatre.com. 303-856-7830