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Leonard Mc Lane

Story: Robert Dubac holds forth for 90 minutes expounding on the search for truth in this complicated and often less-than-brilliant world. His analysis of reason is a journey taken by the narrator, who along the way meets characters named “His Voice of Reason,” “His Common Sense,” “His Inner Moron,” “His Inner Child,” “His Inner Asshole” and “His Scruples.” Each attempts to influence Robert, or “Bob” as he is known to his friends.

Highlights: The recently reinvigorated Playhouse at Westport Plaza concluded the first half of its 2016-17 season with an amusing session hosted by comedian Robert Dubac. His rapid-fire delivery and intellectual observations brought to mind what Stephen Wright might be like on steroids, with mostly humorous results.

Other Info: Dubac’s show, sub-titled If Thinking Were Easy Everyone Would Do It, actually was too much of a good thing. At nearly 90 minutes, it really is about 15 minutes too long, at least as presently constructed. While his talent level is undeniable and his material is very amusingly conveyed, it’s somewhat repetitive and could probably be enhanced by streamlining the show just a bit.

Still, when Dubac mentions that he has a Ph.D. in communications, you’re inclined to believe him based on the caliber of the material he’s written for this one-man presentation. Using just a chalkboard and a few minor props, Dubac is able to keep an audience entertained and even educated if they’re paying close enough attention.

It’s material that apparently is updated regularly, too, since he had numerous references to the recent presidential election. The show is funny from the get-go, when Dubac’s voice intones about proper theater etiquette for this rendition of The Book of Moron. “If you’re here thinking that you’re going to see The Book of Mormon, this show is specifically for you.”

Dubac’s delivery can accelerate to staccato-style pacing, so much so that he’s well on to the next joke while you’re still contemplating something he said moments earlier. As mentioned above, his cerebral approach to humor brings to mind comic Stephen Wright, as well as George Carlin as noted by one of my colleagues upon reflection.

He even avoids crude and vulgar humor for the most part, keeping it at a low level in comparison with many modern comedians, and then primarily for impact. He’s also able to demonstrate a magic trick or two that impresses someone as easily swayed as myself by legerdemain.

Dubac invited the audience to stay behind afterward while he worked on a new act he’s getting ready to premiere on Sirius, the syndicated radio channel. Meanwhile, he’ll return to The Playhouse at Westport Plaza March 14-26 with another show, The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

If that appearance is anywhere near as good as The Book of Moron, get your tickets early for a high-octane, fun-filled evening.

Play: The Book of Moron

Company: Emery Entertainment/Jack Lane

Venue: The Playhouse at Westport Plaza

Dates: Run concluded

Tickets: $60; contact or 534-1111

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

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