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Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism

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Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism

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The Baird: AUG 1-10 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free

Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism

Join Johnny Depp — preteen heartthrob turned wino forever — for a retrospective on every film of his entire career, even the ones we didn’t watch, in order to ask... what happened? Toss your golden doubloons, scissorhands memorabilia, and embarrassing fan letters onto the shrine turned dumpster fire Depp has created for himself. Part ritual & part drunken singalong, Johnny Depp: a Retrospective features rum, promiscuity, and $30,000 worth of candles by which we can pay to watch the Rich consume us all.

Jenna Kuerzi as Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow as Johnny Depp as Late Stage Capitalism as Jack Sparrow.

Val Dunn, for one brief shining moment, as Winona Ryder.

*Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is intended purely as a satire.*


News and Reviews for this Show

August 13, 2019    The List

Film star behaves like a knob shock.

Before Johnny Depp himself bowls up on stage, ties up the presenters and reminds the audience how amazing he is, the academic intentions of this lecture-performance are clearly established. Depp began his career as a heart-throb, negotiated this into relevance and box office star-power, before becoming a dumpster fire of toxic masculinity: how did this happen, and why is he a lesbian icon? Neither question is answered, but the trawl through Depp's catalogue of films and shenanigans is amusing and details a slice of pop-cultural history.

With most of his films mentioned, it is surprising both how ubiquitous Depp has been, the range of his roles and how many absolute stinkers he has taken the money for and ran. His behaviour, meanwhile, is a boorish reiteration of rock'n'roll clichés: adolescent pledges of love to Winona Ryder, hotel rooms smashed, excessive expenditure on drink and drugs and Hunter S Thompson's cremation, threatening the POTUS. His grand finale – spousal abuse – is the point when his antics become expressive of their fundamentally ugly values. Yet despite the criticism of his cavalier attitude to cash, Depp doesn't come across as especially wicked.

And perhaps that is late capitalism's identity: not evil but thoughtless, privileged and desperate to please and appear cool. Depp doesn't come well out of the presentation, but the political force of the arguments about how his fortune could be used to benefit society is lost in the jokes, rendering the show entertaining, toothless but suggestive of a sharper critique to come. Click Here For Review


August 8, 2019    Deadline News

Co-writers and directors Val Dunn and Jenna Kuerzi present a funny, smart and highly improvisational take on the legacy of one of cinemas most iconic Hollywood heartthrobs.

In a small back room, reflecting the shows improvisational, minimalist aesthetic, Johnny Depp takes you on a journey through his filmography. The audience is forced to witness the star’s self-aggrandizing take on everything from 21 Jump Street to Alice in Wonderland 2and beyond. Audiences should come prepared to join in as Johnny also needs a little help in bringing his career retrospective to glorious life.

Johnny Depp: A Retrospective on Late Stage Capitalism is both exactly what you’d expect it to be and also something else entirely.

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August 2, 2019    Broadway Baby

Travelling to Edinburgh all the way from the US, Val Dunn and Jenna Kuerzi present a show managing to totally embody the spirit of this fringe festival. Although Johnny Depp: A Retrospective on Late Stage Capitalism steers a little clear of the latter part of its own title, remarkable amounts of research and charming impressions make for a wonderful, certainly unique, start to the Fringe.

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