The World’s Most Frequently Bombed Hotel

I have to confess, I really don’t have all that much to say about this beyond what’s indicated by the show description. This is a one-man storytelling piece about a dude who went to northern Ireland, and the crazy shit he saw there.

I’m a huge sucker for travelogues, and so much of the appeal of first-person storytelling is the ability to take us to places that we’ve never been, both physically and emotionally. This show does both. There’s places in which the performer is talking so rapidly that he’s hard to follow (and, man, if this is the rapid-fire delivery that people have been complaining about in my shows, I can finally identify), but that’s a truly small quibble — it’s almost impossible that he could have spent time in a place like this without having something worth hearing.

I don’t necessarily agree with all of the conclusions that he comes to, nor the observations made by many of those he comes in contact with — but that’s hardly the point. He skilfully illustrates the vast variety of frustrations by everyone caught in the horrible situation he describes, and it’s a situation that, perhaps, isn’t as far from us as we’d like to think. This is compelling stuff, and highly recommended.

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