...The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself)
A show for the entire family, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures Of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself) is a fantastical romp of good old-fashioned story telling. We sail off to the far side of the world with Louis and relive his amazing adventures with him. Embracing theatricality in its truest and purest form, Shipwrecked weaves its magic spell as Louis retells his stories of adventure, daring, intrigue, and dissolution … but in the end fills our hearts with joy and laughter. We are left to wonder if imagination holds more genuine value than truth.
A guy, a stage, and four assistants. There were a few moments of genuine laughter, I admit, but this isn't a show I'd really want to see again. The show is very nearly a monologue, with Louis narrating his life story to the audience. He begins humbly, in London, sets sail to see the world and ends up living with Aborigines in Australia. When he returns to London decades later, he sells his story to a newspaper...but things begin to unravel when reporters complain his stories of riding sea turtles in the ocean are too far-fetched to be real.
I can see what the director/playwright is going for - what is truth? What is real? If it amuses, does it matter? But the play starts out like it's geared toward kids, a fun adventure story. I mean, if the story had ended with Louis' return to London after years in the Australian outback, I would have been satisfied. But adding this suddenly heavy theme in the final quarter seems like a tacked-on attempt to dig a moral and deep thought out of the audience, and I didn't want that. I wanted a ridiculous romp, which up until that moment I'd enjoyed.
I like the idea of riding sea turtles, at least!