Dallas — Monologuist David Mogolov of Boston is an optimist despite himself. In his hour-long solo show Eating My Garbage, playing at the Dallas Solo Fest May 16-18, he contends with politics, corporate culture, and an existential struggle to validate contemporary city living.
Mogolov has several solo shows under his belt. He performs in the sit-at-desk style favored by the likes of Mike Daisey or Spaulding Gray. But Mogolov differs from those two in his worldview, which is at once both concerned, smart and a little outrageous. After all, he is the guy who launched the internet favorite Unauthorized Facebook Biographies.
In the piece, Mogolov receives a call from a pollster who sounds a lot like Laura Linney. She asks him, “Do you believe that the nation is going in the right direction or that we’ve gotten off on the wrong track?”
Thus begins an insightful and hilarious dive into his own thought process, searching for a reason any single person's opinion should matter. The further he goes down the rabbit hole, the less plausible it seems that democracy should have worked as well as it has.
Fighting his innate default position of pessimism Mogolov makes astute observations about economics, policy and our civic representatives.
“Things are getting better in the United States," he says. "At least this year, North America’s most scandalous politician was the mayor of Toronto.”
Along the way he also deals with the nature and role of corporations in America (refracted through a deconstruction of Jared, the “face” of Subway sandwiches), a self-inflicted dental issue, and his experience as a displaced Midwesterner attempting to survive in the big city while trying to bring up two children and also be a good husband.
The beleaguered Mogolov is simply trying to “to take rational control of his life” as he comes to terms with the fragmented state of Where We Stand.
Though, ultimately in Eating My Garbage, his worldview isn’t altogether enthusiastic, he leaves a little bit of room for hopefulness.
» Eating My Garbage is performed at the Margo Jones Theatre at the following times:
- Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 17, 10:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 18, 7 p.m.
» To see a full festival schedule, go here