The History of the World Based on Banalities
Titus de Voogdt and Johan de Smet
It is merely coincidental but The History of the World Based on Banalities is uncommonly like Robert Lepage’s 887.
Both try to encompass a good deal of history and comment on the foibles of society in autobiographical musings related by a solo performer. In this case, actor Titus de Voogdt is supported by loud live music from Geoffrey Burton’s electric guitar.
The perspective for a tale told in a kitchen is the impending death of Philip’s mother in her early fifties. The physicist, who was distinguished in her day, has succumbed to Alzheimer’s.
This play from Belgium thus becomes a poignant homage to her, as well as depicting the sometimes turbulent times of the man telling his own story at the same time.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher