Saturday, October 1

Tag: Report to an Academy

Report to an Academy – Old Red Lion Theatre Pub
London

Report to an Academy – Old Red Lion Theatre Pub

Adapted from Kafka’s short story of the same name, REPORT TO AN ACADEMY stars Robert McNamara as an intelligent ape retelling his forced evolution from primate to human after its capture in West Africa. An evolution that should mean new found humanity for the creature but instead forces it to adapt to mankind’s cruelty and mimic it as to not perish from their abuse. For a swift 60 minutes - though feeling closer to 45 - McNamara monkeys around as he reenacts the steps of its transformation. He often plays for laughs, without ever reaching the true ferocity nor heartbreak of a great primate deprived of its innate freedom. As the monologue progresses, his pantomimesque physicality grows more focused and less performative, offering a few evocative glimpses of great ape behavior - the back...