Mark Gindick’s Wingman, Version 2.0
Back in 2011, I saw Mark Gindick do his first solo show up at SUNY Purchase. Â SEE MY REVIEW It was a cold and snowy day, and the show was really great, although just in its beginning stages. Â At the Â talkback afterwards, Mark explained that there would be a whole lot of changes coming.
Well, 2 years have passed, and he’s mounted it again, and there are TONS of changes. Â Wing-Man recently won BEST ONE-MAN SHOW at the United Solo Theatre Festival, and it’s evolved into a live, interactive and modern take on Charlie Chaplinâ€™sÂ Modern Times. Â Instead of 1930’s mechanization, Wing-Man confronts the demands of modern digital technology on our lives.
He’s gone all high-tech on it, thanks to a successful KISS-starter campaign (which I promoted last year, and am a proud supporter of) Â He took the money, and he has figured out how to transform the stage is Â into a large video screen that becomes part of the production itself and is interactive with both the performer and the audience. Â During the show he doesn’t speak a word, but his play with the audience is great, and between his charms as a clown (which he perfected on the Big Apple Circus and with the Happy Hour Trio) Â and the cool new technology he’s bringing to the table, I’m sure the show is going to be awesome.