Kurt Fitzpatrick is going to die.
The good news is that Fitzpatrick, a writer and actor from Philadelphia, has bundled the array of conflicting emotions tied to such news into a one-man show that's thought-provoking and funny.
"Cathedral City" was inspired by Fitzpatrick's experience of living for six months with severe pain from a herniated disc. The show's title is the place where Fitzpatrick will die (according to the Internet) and the show loosely revolves around his effort to avoid that destination.
Along the way, "Cathedral City" offers stream-of-consciousness diversions that include scary campfire tales, a drug-induced trip into the twilight of the hereafter and scientific references to B.F. Skinner's cat, Erwin Schrodinger's dog, the piano-playing "Peanuts" character Schroeder and Eddie Murphy as Billy Ray Valentine in the comedy film "Trading Places."
"That's a good movie," Kirkpatrick says. "You should see it."
Cinematically, Kirkpatrick also is obsessed with "Creep Show 2" and a line from that horror flick somehow becomes the thread that ties together these wild vignettes.
Fitzpatrick segues from characters and scenes with ease and his transition to an otherworldly realm in the wake of his surgery manages to be powerfully emotional with a trace of humor, too.
Not exactly death with dignity, but it's entertaining.
60 mins. Rated G-14. Blue venue.
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