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Fearless Moral Inventory – Off Broadway Theater Review

 

CHARACTERS STUDIED

 

picture - Fearless Moral Inventory - Frank Blocker - photo by Jenny AndersonTheater Review

by Alexander Harrington 

published April 25, 2010 

 

Fearless Moral Inventory

now playing Off Broadway at Stage Left Studios 

Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. through May 31

 

I was not surprised to read in Frank Blocker’s bio that he had appeared in Greater Tuna.  In his one-man show, Fearless Moral Inventory, Sue-Sue Daniels, the first character he portrays and who, he  says, is partially based on his aunt, is a sex-addicted steel magnolia who would not be out of place in that two-man show about the denizens of Tuna, Texas.  Another familiar character is Rev. Smythe, a Southern fundamentalist preacher who claims to have found that the biblical commandment “thou shalt not judge” (this is not one of the ten; I wonder if Blocker is confused about the wording of “judge not, lest ye be judged”) contains a typo: it should be “thou shalt judge.”  Other characters are less clichéd, but still not very interesting. 

 

Blocker’s most compelling characters are two nuns:  Sister Aloysius and Sister Theresa.  Unfortunately, their story is incomprehensible.  Sister Aloysius is rebelling against God – for what, I couldn’t tell. One or both of the nuns is ill – I think.

 

Frank Blocker is good at broad portrayals that are only slightly caricatured.  Still, his performance and the characters he has created are not special enough to warrant a production.

 

alexanderharrington @ stageandcinema.com

 

photo by Jenny Anderson

 

 
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