The Alley Theater; directed by Michael Shelton
You can agree with almost everything a playwright has to say without thinking that everything he has to say would make a great monologue. For 90 mostly uninspiring minutes, playwright/actor Tony McDonald follows his life’s timeline, beginning with his 1962 conception in a car, to impart wisdoms he has gained. He actually says he hopes to enlighten us, so that we might enlighten others. Using the stage as a lectern, McDonald announces that Ignorance begets Fear begets Hate begets Violence. If you’re not the smartest co-ed in the dorm, don’t worry. He uses PowerPoint. Lies introduces a few characters worthy of a better play, like the teenage parents (especially go-go-boot-wearing mama) that raised McDonald to believe he could be anything he wanted — anything but gay. McDonald also conjures a humorous parade of beefy men he has loved, starting with his first crush, Grizzly Adams’ Dan Haggerty. Unfortunately, he spends most of his time preaching a personal mythology that witnessing AIDS in America and watching Sept. 11 on TV have transformed him from a “self-absorbed label queen” to an aware “citizen of the world.” Through Sept. 22; 317-402-2911.