Unlike previous solo shows in which he's played one outrageous character after another (such as Drinking in America and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll), in Wake Up and Smell the Coffee the controversial monologuist Eric Bogosian reportedly jumbles his folks together. This approach should exploit the most interesting aspect of his writing--the profound ambivalence he feels about the street freaks and upper-class overachievers he so deftly and sardonically examines in his raw, sometimes raunchy slice-of-life sketches--while showcasing the vitality and range of the acting talent underlying his dynamic rock-star presence. Directed by Bogosian's wife, Jo Bonney, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is described as a "rant of epic proportions covering the decline of Western Civilization, God, and Michael Bolton." It makes its one-night-only Chicago debut this weekend. Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 312-559-1212. Friday, November 8, 8 PM. $20.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/ Joan Marcus.