Solo Fest Review: Based on Actual Events

Jaye Lee Vocque played the jester at the Dallas Solo Fest, and it was enough to keep us laughing.

published Thursday, June 20, 2019

Photo: Gabriel Hurley
Jaye Lee Vocque in Based on Actual Events

Dallas —  Based on Actual Events, written and performed by Jaye Lee Vocque and directed by Tony Yaghi, is the life story of a self-described "fat kid" growing up in California, and learning to beat the bullies to the punch line by telling fat jokes about himself.

From grade school stories of getting his mouth washed out with Lava soup for "dirty talk" to middle school heroics when he walked past his mean date and asked a lonely "heavy girl" to dance, he moves around the stage, addressing each audience member, eye to eye in Theatre Too's intimate space, not that hard with only a dozen people or so at the performance reviewed.

Dressed in pink pants and yellow sneaks to match his jacket, Vocque eventually pulls off a red print do-rag to reveal his baldness and tells us that his mom was his major pillar when he found himself separated from his wife at 42 with no clear path to work. The anecdotes about Jell-O trauma and his massive crush on Big Bird are silly but so sincere, you just gotta like this sweet, put-upon guy and chuckle in support.

The show runs a bit long at 85 minutes, but the closing scene about the surprising revelations of the family members he believes he knows by heart are genuine and touching. Thanks For Reading

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Solo Fest Review: Based on Actual Events
Jaye Lee Vocque played the jester at the Dallas Solo Fest, and it was enough to keep us laughing.
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