The Norwegian Pervert
The Norwegian Pervert
Review by Torkil Baden
Oslo March 3rd 2017
The Accidental Pervert by Andrew Goffman
Norwegian version: Min pappas porno
Odd-Magnus Williamson, monologue
Jostein Kirkeby-Garstad, scenic direction
First performance New York 2005
Edderkoppen Cabaret Theater, Oslo, Norway March 3rd-April 1st
OSLO/NORWAY: Much has already been said about this play: a boy reaches manhood and a real-life relationship after a struggle with the false universe of sex that his absent father leaves him.
The Norwegian title focuses on the porn movies, but the story is in fact more about humanity in a wider perspective. The story-telling about the divorced family has surprises, irony and realism.
It is a great mixture of comedy and challenging truths. Which father has not been afraid that the children discover his secrets? This monologue of reality in a humorous wrapping has been a succes in New York and worldwide since 2005.
The American author Andrew Goffman started off as an actor and stand-up comedian until he wrote this self-biografical monologue with himself on stage.
In the Norwegian version Odd-Magnus Williamson takes the stage. The 36 year old has been a rising star during the last years in film and televison, drama and comedy. It is no surprise that he can catch the audience through the ups and down of the growing young man. Director Jostein Kirkeby-Garstad is a veteran of staging comedy including hard hitting musicals.
80 minutes without intermission is a long time for one actor alone to keep the attention. It is masterly how Williamson, certainly with a creative directing, meets this challenge with great versatility. The result is not hilarious, but entertaining and provoking.
It is a tight production with precision in lights, video and sound. The music part, sound design, is by Fredrik Baden. Any suspicion of a family connection with this writer is inbearable correct. That is why I am obliged to hold back all my praise about its inventiveness and efficiency. But allow me to say that an even wider use of sounds and music would have added to the variety..
The show has been touring to 23 Norwegian cities since September. After a long tour Williamson knows his lines, and he falls for the temptaion to speed them up at the cost of annunciation.
Now the succesful tour ends with one month run in a popular cabaret theater in the capital until April 1st – no joke!