FRIGID Festival 2019: Booger Red
The title “Booger Red” refers to the Jim Loucks’s father, who was an abuse victim-turned-preacher. Jim takes us through his father’s childhood parallelled with his own. He provides a detailed background of Red’s tragic upbringing and eventual abandonment, almost transforming into a child for the purposes of acting out his father’s defense rituals. He muses on the irony of resenting his father’s attention and religious intensity, when the clergy was what had saved Red from harm and offered him a new beginning.
Loucks’s performance is intense and captivating, alternately playing himself and his father with clarity and precision. The lighting design aided in this clarity, shifting to blue and purple hues for some of the darker parts of Red’s past. We see Loucks work out his strained relationship with his father, reflecting on his resentment and eventual understanding of the man responsible for so many of his habits and traits, knowingly or not.
On a scale of 1 to Weird: 2
Who should see this? Fans of storytelling and solo shows