Dan Hoyle inhabits the complex interviewees he found in small-town America
The Real AmericansThe Lynn Redgrave Theater at The Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY) Map it $35
Avoiding cheap laughs and stereotypes, skilled storyteller Dan Hoyle portrays a wide array of characters from rural America with empathy and wit in his new one-man show. During a cross-country journey to encounter viewpoints outside his San Francisco liberal bubble, Hoyle finds veterans deeply affected by their tours of duty, African-Americans in the South still in disbelief that the President is one of their own, closeted religious fundamentalists, and insightful, embarrassed women explaining that the only thing their husbands have left to hold on to is "redneck pride." Hoyle brings them all to life with effortless acting, drawing out the kindness and hypocrisy in people who are simultaneously generous and welcoming to Hoyle as an outsider, yet angry, fearful and resentful towards a country becoming more liberal and progressive while leaving them behind. Hoyle is smart and fair in his portrayals, skewering his urban hipster friends as much as the Heartlanders lamenting our "Muslim Socialist" president. The show is an enjoyable, funny, thought-provoking experiment in crossing ideological divides to find a common humanity.