Much More than a Solo Show: We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time at the Goodman Theatre (Through October 21, 2018)

David Cale is growing up in Luton, 30 miles northwest of London. At the time, it had the highest crime rate in the country. He builds an bird hospital that eventually expands into an aviary in the backyard and begins breeding birds. It’s a great place to escape to when his parents are fighting. Their volatile relationship is the catalyst for most of the dramatic events that unfold. The story starts out a bit slow, but eventually actions take place that draw the audience in and has them on the edge of their seats.


Cale is accompanied by a full band on stage consisting of piano, viola, harp, cello, trumpet, and clarinet. The band is excellent and plays great music. Cale, on the other hand, has his strength in storytelling and less so in singing, but he does alright.  Lighting is used very well to highlight one member of the band during a solo or hide the band completely when they are not playing. This has the effect of really focusing attention on Cale. Also, objects are lowered down from the ceiling and pulled back at times. So, even though this is technically a one man show, many other people are involved in the performance creating a bigger experience than just one person could.


Get tickets now for We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time through October 21st!

Also check out the New Stage Festival happening now through October 7th!

Quinn Delaney


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