Review: Captain Amazing

Citizen’s Theatre until Mar 31sth
3 Stars (3 / 5)

What does it take to be a parent?

Do you have to be a Superhero?

What happens when your marriage falls apart?

Do you have to be Captain Amazing?

Mark does.

But when Mark conjures up a fantasy world, is it so that he can live up to the pressures of his life or is it so that he can escape from them?

Nicholas Ralph brings a spirited and varied performance to this witty and moving one man show by Alistair MacDowall, first featured at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. He displays an enjoyable range during the schizophrenic face-offs between Captain Amazing and his nemesis Evil Man. Mark’s wife, a less prominent character, is less well defined and at first I am genuinely left wondering if he is actually a she, or if Mark is meant to be gay. Early sometimes not enough space is left as Ralph switches character to give a regular flow of conversation. Too fast. Nonetheless, the audience are clearly gripped by the most climatic of the drama towards the end of the piece, and many hold on desperately to their tears. Ralph has won their hearts.

In his most glorious scene, Mark is confronted by his confounded manager about his suitability for returning to work. Mark, himself, tries to reason as to why a person of his own super-human credentials should be sent home on the sick.

The play offers a wide range of emotions, as all good one-handers should, and there is never a dull moment.