Who Mourns For Bob the Goon? Review by Kate Garfield
Who Mourns for Bob The Goon? is a fiercely contemporary play, of this time and distinctly for the stage. Playwright Joshua Young deftly leads us through a multifaceted story– part puppet (which are gorgeous and terrifying– by the talented James Ortiz), part comic (with comic inspired projections by the playwright), all heart. The story follows Bob–No spoilers: Bob believes he is ‘Bob the Goon’, Joker’s henchmen from the 1989 Batman. For this, he goes to support group with other people who also believe they are 3rd tier comic book characters. Everything is fine. Except that every night he dreams that his boss murders him. Except that when Langly(Alicia Goranson) a woman from the anime realm joins the group and asks a lot of questions, realities and identities begin to unravel. It’s a tightly directed(by Lucia Bellini) quickly moving story that vacillates between dangerous and fantastical, but always deliciously theatrical. The ensemble is vibrant, compelling, and hilarious. Though the comic book world the characters believe they inhabit is two dimensional– this play is not.