But in spite of the dramatic rudeness which is sometimes of the idiosyncrasy, the true and native colour of his multitudinous dramatis personae, or monologists
"I DON'T ALWAYS TRY TO PASS AS A MAN, although people often think I am one," says Peggy Shaw, a veteran monologist
and actor whose latest piece, Menopausal Gentleman, features Shaw as a suave, "Frank Sinatra type of butch lesbian" struggling with menopause.
It is with the effort involved in introducing "new" writers to the public that Klinkowitz has always done his most important work: in Structuring the Void, one can find extended commentary on Stephen Dixon, a monologist
of extraordinary talent, or Rob Swigart, an engaging satirist of the California scene and author of an interactive computer novel, or Grace Paley, certainly more well-known than these authors, and just as certainly a writer deserving of much greater attention than she has received by the critical establishment.
Other explorations of the Yankee character are found in the crackerbarrel philosopher Hosea Biglow and the intemperate scoundrel Birdofredum Sawin in the dialect poems of James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers (1848, 1867), and in the witty monologist
who held forth with sophistication and brilliance around a boardinghouse table in <IR> OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES' </IR> Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858).
For example, the famous Egyptian monologist
, Mahmoud Shokoko, used to be dressed as El Aragoz while performing.
Unlike their novelist and monologist
compeers, many Victorian lyricists generate hauntingly vague and undeveloped voices that cannot be connected to an identifiable setting or a well-characterized individual.
This month, in honor of the 40th anniversary of California Shakespeare Theater, monologist
Mike Daisey (whose previous offerings include The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and How Theater Failed America) will take on the Bard in a four-night event titled The Great Tragedies: Mike Daisey Takes on Shakespeare.
Highlights of the North East-bred programme include Oh, The Humanity, Northern Stage's revival (now co-produced with Soho Theatre) of five playlets by celebrated New York monologist
Will Eno; Unfolding Theatre's Best in the World which considers what it means to be the very best at what you do (prompted by darts player Phil 'The Power' Taylor); and improv legends The Suggestibles who will provide one of many quirky single performances.
Mike Daisey hasn't let a little thing like being (http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/166825/this-american-life-retracts-mike-daisey-story-it-says-was-partially-fabricated/) discredited by a national radio program stop him from reviving his one-man stage show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs." The now-infamous theater monologist
has reworked the purported expose on Apple manufacturing for a three-week run at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The late Spalding Gray gets another chance to talk in "And Everything is Going Fine," which, despite Steven Soderbergh's forceful direction, works hauntingly well as the monologist
's posthumous autobiography.
Vonna-Michell, a monologist
in the tradition of Spalding Gray, is infatuated with his own life, propelled by an acute self-consciousness.
In other words, the only speaker in an interior monologue is the monologist
, who is also the focal character and who should be the one who sees.