TaDa! Festival presents: The Eulogy (2015) on Friday Sept 7 at 7pm
August 13, 2018
WRITTEN, DIRECTED, AND PERFORMED BY MICHAEL BURGOS
(for audiences 12+ / 60min / English) An absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech, The Eulogy features a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches give anything but a proper homage. The only tears at this funeral will be from laughing! Performed in 25 cities across 11 time zones, Burgos’ internationally award-winning play recently celebrated its 165th performance.
Performance takes place at Centre Wakefield La Pêche 38 ch de la Vallée de Wakefield in Wakefield, Quebec.
Outstanding Performance, San Diego Fringe, 2018 Outstanding Actor – Comedy, San Diego Fringe, 2018 Patron’s Choice Award, PortFringe, Portland, Maine, 2017 Critics’ Choice Award, PortFringe, 2017 Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe, Australia, 2016 Best Show, Pittsburgh Fringe, 2016 Critics Choice Award, Atlanta Fringe, 2016 Quirky Award, IndyFringe, Indianapolis, 2015
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS Michael Burgos expertly uses pantomime, character voices, and music to bring this parody far beyond [logic] and into the realm of absurdity. [...] Every motion demands our attention. [...] Using his superior comedic timing, Burgos uses the "less is more" approach to build into an enthralling conclusion. [...] The Eulogy is not only a singularly entertaining and cathartic experience; it leaves us feeling slightly bewildered, yet happy to be alive. Burgos' character may not have done any favors for his dead friend, but any one of us would be lucky to have such a spectacular sendoff. - Edge Media Network
"Do not drink anything during this show, as you will likely spit it out on your fellow patrons from laughing hysterically. Also, make sure you visit the restroom before the performance as you may need to avail yourself of it during the show ... Funny is too weak a word to describe this show. In fact, there are no words to tell you how wonderful it is. I do warn you that it is entirely possible you could hurt yourself laughing at this, but your pain would be worth every second of delight you experience." - Plays with John & Wendy
"There comes a time when a critic knows they have witnessed the next big thing … the moment I realized that this play was the beginning of a comedic cult classic was at the very end. No one wanted to leave. We sat there, looking around at one another, wondering what had just happened to us. Michael Burgos happened to us. And we want more … the play is as hilarious as it is genius … Equal parts masterfully executed and brilliantly conceived, Michael Burgos' The Eulogy can only be described as a triumph." - Washington City Paper
"The Eulogy has received a string of awards and rave reviews from Fringe Festivals all over, and it's about to receive another one. The word "monologue" is much too staid for Michael Burgos's take on the idea of the funeral eulogy: he tips it on its head, ties it into knots, and sets it spinning in an avalanche of weird verbal wit and a crazy explosion of physical comedy. [...] Hurtling from character to character with breathtaking speed, Burgos evokes the spirits of some great comedians, from Charlie Chaplin and Jonathan Winters to Robin Williams. It's the kind of show you don't want to describe in too much detail, lest you spoil its surprises for others, and also the kind of show you want to see again immediately." - Rochester City Newspaper
"truly magnificent ... arrestingly mesmerizing ... so devastatingly entertaining" - DC Metro Theater Arts
"The Eulogy is a must-see ... Death is sad, but The Eulogy is likely to make you cry with laughter." - Adelaide Theatre Guide
"a comic gem ... lovers of dark humor must rejoice ... Burgos and his creation are fresh and new, for sure, but they share DNA with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Sid Caesar." - The Washington Post
"The Eulogy is top fare ... Burgos is multitalented; he can dance, sing, act, work the crowd and do impressions of linguistically challenged former presidents ... The Eulogy is light-hearted, hilarious and deftly written ... [Burgos] has crafted a story about death that's subversive yet warmly human, funny but not mean-spirited ... The Eulogy has my full recommendation." - The Indianapolis Star
"Burgos can make you laugh heartily with a gesture, a look, a word." - The Barefoot Review