Adrian Eli is quite a guy. As his one-man show unfolds we discover that behind his sweet, handsome, smiling face is a man still coming to terms with himself.
There is pain, of course, he is an actor after all, but there is also a fascinating depth of understanding of his fellow man that is probably the reason why he hid his true self for so long.
We follow Adrain’s life as he charmingly recounts it. From a child through confused teen and even more confused adult. He grapples with many truths. His career choice, his fear of letting his family down, the temporary loss of his sister and his growing realization that he is gay. As a latin boy in Texas, who loves to dance born into a family who turned their back on his gay sister, it’s easy to understand his reluctance to face his truth. But his ability to love and not blame, to respect even those he totally disagrees with is what seems to have given him the strength to find himself.
Adrian is a born storyteller, and a regular of the Moth Story Slam, a first place winner in fact, so it’s no surprise that his one-man play is pretty fantastic.
How he can maintain the pace for over an hour is beyond me. Hilarious, touching, entertaining and a little wild at times, Adrian’s “A Crazy Thing Happened on my Way Out” is as good as a one man show gets. He has created a place of safety and love and sprinkled it with hilarious anecdotes and truisms galore. The audience were literally roaring with laughter from the moment he began. There’s a very special kind of honesty that oozes from him, kind, open and a bit naughty, you feel as if you have known him all your life and that very important kind of trust that an audience must have with a performer is forged instantly he begins, and more so as he reveals himself to us. Adrian is the kind of person I wouldn’t mind being stuck in an elevator with, which is really saying something, I hate elevators. He’s a true original. Free from the specters of boring and glib, he flamencos through his complicated life with a grace and a laugh and an effervescent and inspiring love for it all, no matter how rough or how sad or how hard it becomes.
The world needs Adrian Eli. And you need to seek him out whenever he performs. I am thrilled that I was able to see this show, I’m still smiling because of it in fact! Bravo!!
Written and Starring Adrian Eli
Directed and Developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson