Moran has had some hard knocks, including being molested as a kid by his camp counselor; and yet, here he is, recounting in observant detail, the wondrous and wicked people that he's met, the gamut of trials and tribulations that he's experienced, and the enlightened reactions to the worst this world can offer that he's witnessed.
There's no complaint here, mind you. Moran is evolved way beyond that; rather, the 80-minute one-man one-act is filled with astute observations, eye-opening insights, and hilarious anecdotes, amplified by some well-chosen props and visual aids.
In one of the evening's most telling passages, Moran recounts his days as an actor in New York and his part-time job for Doctors without Borders, working as a translator and advocate for a refugee, Siba, from a section of French equitorial Africa (what we know as Chad and Sudan), seeking asylum in the U.S. It's a heart-rendering and beautiful tale.
Another thread in Moran's impressive monologue concerns his father's second wife, a chain smoker with a helmet of red hair in the style of George Washington's wig. And yet, despite "Joyce's" poison tongue, Moran finds it impossible to lash out at her—or any of his other tormenters.
Perhaps it was Moran's stint as Jesus in Godspell that inculcated a sense of forgiveness in him; regardless, his ability to "become one with" his tormentors, rather than angry with them, offers us an enlightened alternative to revenge, which remains an all-too-common individual and collective response in our day-to-day world.
Curious Theatre's regional premiere of Martin Moran's All the Rage runs through October 5th. For tickets:303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org.