Theatre Review: Mad World

Second Thought’s ‘Goat Song’ is a disturbing ride

By Rich Lopez, Dallas Voice Contributing Writer

Wall’s portrayal is quite moving as his character grieves over this former bandmate. He plays it so delicately that the viewer may wonder: Was Weeks’ relationship with the guy more than meets the eye? Clearly, there was a closeness and competitiveness between the two, but Wall unfolded emotions that blurred so many lines.

In less than an hour, Wall takes his character on an epic emotional journey that wasn’t sad to watch; it was instead more disturbingly voyeuristic. Everything about the production looks (and really is) like the viewer is sitting in Weeks’ home, watching his downward spiral. That is also reflected in the graphics as the chat and the likes goes silent and the viewer jopins the imaginary fans in watching a man basically lose himself.

Harmon wanted to explore the demands artists endure. Where do art and mental health intersect? Is the price to suffer over and over again worth it? Weeks is also sober, and Harmon looks into how that works with and, perhaps, against the character’s creativity.

The layers shown here are astonishing, especially considering how short the play is.

In the beginning, Weeks mentions that proceeds from the concert will benefit The Trevor Project, which provides crisis prevention for LGTBQ youth and flashes Trevor Project’s phone number — sneaking in some air time for that vital organization.

Goat Song by Second Thought Theatre through Saturday.

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