Robert Dubac in&nbsp;<em>The Book of Moron</em>

Review: The Book of Moron | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts

Comedy of Critical Thinking

Robert Dubac's The Book of Moron, currently at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, is incredibly smart and very funny.

published Saturday, November 19, 2016

Robert Dubac in The Book of Moron


Richardson —  “If thinking were easy, everyone would do it.”

This tagline from The Book of Moron is why I love comedy and comedians. In the latest theatrical laugh-fest from creator Robert Dubac, the voice of his Common Sense explores the line comedians cross between offensive and funny, between illusion and truth. “Just ask some questions, make us think, and if we think hard enough, we can wake up.”

It’s not just metaphorical in The Book of Moron. Robert Dubac’s character Bob is in a coma after an accident, reduced to a series of acronyms on his plastic hospital wristband that indicate traumatic brain injury, possibly from too much talk radio. Another clue: There is a dog bone in his pocket and a vague recollection of taking his pet, Wilson, to get some treats.

The show runs through a Sunday matinee at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, which earlier this year hosted Dubac’s The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

In The Book of Moron’s 80-minute journey through Bob’s consciousness, he turns to a series of interior selves to remember who he is. Led by his Voice of Reason, it’s frequently overruled by his Inner Child, Inner Moron, Inner Asshole, and aforementioned Common Sense, with his Scruples residing in humanity, a.k.a. the audience.

Is this relevant in our post-election turbulence or what?

With Herculean effort, Bob rolls through the levels of truth (The Truth, The Naked Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth) and levels of consciousness (Id, Ego, and Superego). Do we press 1 for truth or 2 to remain in the dark?

Bottom line: Truth is always more offensive than comedy.

The first step for Bob is to break free of The Truth that’s created from Pavlovian training all bound up in sex, race, religion, media, and politics. He must leave the comfort of the box where no thinking is necessary and venture into the murky terrain of belief. A lifetime of programming via media consumption must perish to become tabula rasa and find Nothing But The Truth—the self.

Bob often returns to the paradoxical and contradictory nature of humanity, the conundrums of consciousness. “A paradox that's truth negates itself simultaneously." In the classic progression of Nietzsche’s superman, we are exhorted to erase what we’ve been told to see what we already know. Never would I have thought to find Taoist teachings laced with existentialism in a comedy show.

Sound heavy? Not in the least. Dubac folds in plentiful jokes from erudite to just plain silly.  Not a minute goes by without a laugh, and he even adds well done magic tricks. The Book of Moron is briskly paced with a momentum that builds in a sly way as concepts are layered in, returned to, and flipped over.

But does Bob wake up and get the dog bone to Wilson? That’s up to you to discover, because “You are altogether different.”

The Book of Moron is a visually sharp show, with few but effective props, including Dubac’s trademark twirling chalkboard. Adding to the energy are intricate lighting cues and sound effects (kudos to the Eisemann tech staff for excelling at this). The backdrop is the shape of a brain comprised of white sheep huddled together with vacant gazes, except the lone black sheep who stares straight forward. (Extra points if you find the dog bone embedded among the sheep.)


 VIDEO  Exceptional example of Robert Dubac wordplay on illusion and the first level of truth from The Book of Moron.


 Thanks For Reading

View the Article Slideshow
Click or Swipe to close
Comedy of Critical Thinking
Robert Dubac's The Book of Moron, currently at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, is incredibly smart and very funny.
by Amy Martin

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Click or Swipe to close
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:

Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:

TheaterJones Section:

Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  

Your Name:
Your Email Adress:

please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :