Volume 94, Issue 42

Tuesday, November 14, 2000


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Zuckerbaby's lessons for survival

Men of honour shows you the money

Disc of the Week

Script weakens cabin drama, North

Analysis well worth the laughs

Analysis well worth the laughs

The Analysis
Starring: Travis Bailie, Jayson McDonald, Lil Malinich
Directed By: Jayson McDonald



By Matt Pearson
Gazette Staff



Dicky Bollings doesn't like girls or boys – he's asexual. And his plight, peppered with moments of trademark director Jayson McDonald humour, is the basis for the new comedy, The Analysis.

The story unfurls through a number of sessions Dicky has with his analyst, Dr. Cloud. These sessions, which Dicky hopes will help him sleep better, are punctuated by short scenes from his childhood, adolescence and adult life.

During these scenes, the audience meets some of the people who have played a role in Dicky's life and learns that his asexuality has perhaps always been with him. There's his mom, a highly religious and equally unstable woman who forces Dicky to stand in the corner, after catching him eyeballing his father's collection of pornographic magazines.

Then there's his highschool sweetheart, Regina, who decides after breaking up with Dicky that she wants him back. When he shrugs off her come-on, she creates a hugely melodramatic scene reminiscent of those highschool tiffs we all remember so well.

Finally, there's his circle of friends, a trio of sweater-wearing, golf-loving, dance clubbing debutantes, who are all itching to know which way Dicky's putter swings.

At just over an hour long, The Analysis is a well-executed, albeit short comedy. The simple set is well-used by the cast members, who do a fine job of making the most out of the little they have. Minus a few slow spots at the beginning, McDonald and company have created an enjoyable piece.

Newcomer Travis Bailie turns in a convincing performance as Dicky, but in his sessions with Dr. Cloud (McDonald), he is easily upstaged by the far more relaxed and entertaining McDonald. Likewise, in the scenes with his friends, Dicky's character doesn't seem nearly as interesting or compelling.

Lil Malinich, who plays a collection of characters, including Dicky's friend Sally, his adolescent crush Regina and the Virgin Mary, is quite amusing. Malinich's Sally, perhaps her funniest character, continually tries and fails to tempt Dicky into sampling her sexual fruits.

Despite its brevity, The Analysis' most outstanding quality is its irreverence. From the opening scene, where Dicky names an unending list of birds, while their calls became louder and louder, to the frequent flashbacks at a discotheque to McDonald's ridiculously bizarre Dr. Cloud, the play packs as much hilarity as possible into the story while still keeping it ultimately believable.

In the end, Dicky discovers the root of his problem and the audience just sits back and enjoys.


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