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Adam Dyck's comedic personal essay Adopted might get two stars, a bad score, but what it does well, it does really well. First, the bad: his comedy is run-of-the-mill nerdy self-deprecation. There are a few hilarious moments in his narrative—which is a weird thing to say about a tale of someone trying desperately to have someone love him—but, largely, the fact that he's not a manly dude and that people will laugh at that falls flat. The good parts are the serious moments when he expresses real and haunting emotion about his feelings of abandonment. Also: the play flows masterfully well. There's good content here; it just needs a better method of presentation. And, yeah, I do feel bad not loving a performance from someone who spent an hour telling an audience how unlovable he is. – Doug Johnson 


Gig City


Total Score
2.5/ 5

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21 total ratings



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  • 7:00 pm - 2018/08/17
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3 Reviews


    I thought this show was great. If you’re looking for a hilarious, heart-lifting show to go to this is a fantastic one to choose. AND there’s a bar downstairs in the venue.

    Tamar Dinner

    I love this show. I think it is an excellent exploration of masculinity and what it can mean to be a man and become a man in all it’s expansive forms. I think the above reviewer is sorely off base. The comedic factors are raw and insightful. The storytelling is relatable to anyone who has ever felt lonely and unlovable and revealing to people who can only imagine what it would feel like to be adopted. I found this performance thought provoking, funny and engaging.


    Utterly baffled at the review this received. Did I see the same show that Doug Johnson did? The performance I saw was very funny and the entire audience laughed a lot, but more than that it was beautiful. I was crying by the end. This is definitely not a standup show (although the reviewer clearly judged it as one), its a haunting and vulnerable story that happens to be funny throughout.

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