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There's a cardboard box full of bloody body parts stamped "Some Assembly Required," a young boy in the shadows with a hacksaw, and a stereo that plays "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" relentlessly.

Solo performer Christopher Kehoe seamlessly transitions through 15 characters telling the story of a young man who recalls the story of a neighbor who hacked his father to pieces in the basement which has been made into a film about a young boy who hacks his father to pieces in the basement which was seen by the future parents of a young man who happens to hack his father to pieces in the basement.

*WARNING*
If you haven't figured it out by now, this show contains mature themes and adult language. Leave the kiddies at home.

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The cast

Christopher Kehoe
Role: Performer
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At Pro Rata: (as Dramaturg) Killer Joe. (as Performer) Monster, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet.
Theater: Minnesota Centennial Showboat: The Count of Monte Cristo, Sherlock's Last Case, Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway; Frank Theatre: By the Bog of Cats, Vinegar Tom; University of Minnesota: The Pope & the Witch, The Master & Margarita; Illusion Theater; 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities; Theatre Unbound; Commedia Beauregard; Chameleon Theatre Circle.
Film: Big Minyan Films: A Serious Man; Endless Sky Productions: Let Go.
Training/Education: University of Minnesota, Brave New Institute, Wesley Balk Opera/Musical Theater Institute: Participant Performer.
Upcoming: Sandbox Theatre: .faust (November 2009). Good Morning Beautiful (film).

Natalie Novacek
Role: Director
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At Pro Rata: (as Director) Monster, 365 Days/365 Plays of Suzan-Lori Parks Week 46. (as Assistant Director) The Life of Galileo, Killer Joe, Metamorphoses. (Artistic Associate).
Theater: (as Directing Intern) Guthrie Theatre: Happy Days. (as Assistant Director) Theatre de le Jeune Lune: Peter and the Wolf. (as Director) Swearing Jack Productions; 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities; Theatre Unbound; Theatre Limina; Eden Prairie Players; Commedia Beauregard
Training/Education: Wesley Balk Opera/Musical Theater Institute: Participant Director. Minnesota State University Moorhead: B.A. Directing
Awards: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) National Selection Team Directing Fellow. Invited production at the National XXXVII KC/ACTF: Never Swim Alone
Upcoming: (as Assistant Director) Theatre Pro Rata: Marisol (October 2009). (as Directing Observer) Sandbox Theatre: .faust (November 2009).

Sarah Bauer
Role: Stage Manager
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At Pro Rata: (as Stage Manager) Monster, Feelgood Hits of the 70s, Slag Heap, Hamlet, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
Theater: (as Stage Manager) Gremlin Theatre: The Enemy: Time; Theatre Unbound: 24 Hour Play Project; Do Tank Productions: Two Hands on the Plow; Actor's Equity Showcase: The Dumbwaiter; Pillsbury House Theatre: The Chicago Avenue Project; Theatre L'Homme Dieu: Main Street, Grease. (as Assistant Stage Manager) Theatre de la Jeune Lune: The Miser; Theatre L'Homme Dieu: Born Yesterday, The Rainmaker, Plaza Suite, Annie.
Training/Education: St Cloud State University: B.A. in Theatre Arts with Stage Management emphasis. Oxford University: Greek & Roman drama studies. Hamline University: M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
Upcoming:(as SM) Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival: The Enemy: Time (September 2009); Gremlin Theatre: Corleone (November 2009). (as ASM) Theatre Pro Rata: Marisol (October 2009).

Katharine Horowitz
Role: Sound Designer
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At Pro Rata: Monster, The Life of Galileo, Killer Joe, Quills, Feelgood Hits of the 70s, Machinal, Slag Heap, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Much Ado About Nothing, Trainspotting, All Choked Up, White Noise.
Theater: Mixed Blood: Red Ink, Sweet 15, Distracted, Messy Utopia; The History Theater: Blue Collar Diaries; Girl Friday Productions: Skin of our Teeth, Our Town; Gremlin Theatre: The Enemy: Time, The Water Engine, Bach at Leipzig; Torch Theatre; Park Square Theatre; Emigrant Theater; Theatre Mu; Minnesota Jewish Theater Company; Ballet of the Dolls; The Great River Shakespeare Festival; Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival; Workhaus Collective; Theatre in the Round; the Jon Hassler Theater; and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.
Film: 25Kino: Climbing Trees
Training: University of Iowa, B.A. in Theatre Arts.
Upcoming: Theatre Pro Rata: Marisol (Fall 2009). Mixed Blood: Ruined (October 2009)

Jackie O'Shea
Role: Assistant Stage Manager
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At Pro Rata: (as Assistant Stage Manager) Monster.
Theater: (as Dramaturg/Assistant Director) Swearing Jack Productions: Titus Andronicus; (as Director, Set Designer) EGF High School: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying; (as Stage Manager, Dramaturg) Straw Hat Players: Hair. (as Stage Manager) MSU Moorhead: Honk!, Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
Training/Education: Minnesota State University Moorhead: B.A. Acting/Directing

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Theatre Pro Rata

Monster

Thu., Jul. 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 4:00 p.m.

Warning! Adult language

Venue Southern Theater
For ages 18+
genres Solo, Drama

Overall rating

User reviews

Good show
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I'm glad that I caught this. It happened to be performing right after my show, so I decided to catch it. Christopher Kehoe did an amazing job. I'm not sure that I entirely got what the playwright was trying to say or if it was just supposed to be dark entertainment in and of itself. But the actor and the director did a wonderful job of producing a one-man show that kept the audience's interest for a solid hour. No mean feat, that is a very hard thing to do, so congratulations.

Hypnotic
by Aaron Greer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kehoe was AMAZING. He draws you in and immerses you into the world of these characters, not letting you back into the theater until he's good and ready to do it. Really, a masterful performance!

Great Performance
by Jimmy LeDuc Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Christopher Kehoe gave a strong performance in this one man show. I was glad I saw it at the Fringe. He played his characters well and told the story in an interesting and compelling manner. I am glad I did not miss this show.

Creepy
by Kassie Church Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was creepy, which is very good. Kehoe moved between characters with great ease and believability. It was really great.

A highlight of my 2009 Fringe
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A riveting performance by Kehoe and a thought-provoking, complex script that avoids cliche and easy answers. One of the best shows of my 2009 Fringe.

Seamless
by Ryan Grimes Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Chris Kehoe's transitions from one character to the next wove a tapestry of psychosis that was fascinating to watch and held my attention the entire time. The twists of the story were slightly predictable, but this production is a Fringe triumph if for no other reason than Kehoe's performance and Natalie Novacek's steady direction.

a disassossiated delight
by michael freiert Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A one man tour de force of well devoloped characters crisply presented. At times the script is hard to follow, but pro rata delivers an outstanding presentation of a disturbed mind(s).

see it for Kehoe's genius
by Erika Klein Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Christopher Kehoe delivers an electrifying performance in this tight one act. The story is a little confusing, but seriously intriguing.

Gutsy
by Sarah Wash Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In every sense. I can hardly believe they pulled this together in only a few weeks, given the level of polish, poise, and professionalism of this production.

And now, the story. Powerfully and convincingly portrayed by Christopher Kehoe (the only solo performer I have ever seen who had me *fully convinced* I was seeing different people when he switched characters), the story weaves through time and place to explore the darkest elements of human relationships, with the terrifying father/son scene echoing throughout. At moments it was admittedly hard to follow the thesis of the story, or which character was the central subject. But in the end, it didn't matter, because I was left with a distinct and clear message that brought all the various threads together: We may stop up our ears and smile away, but the darkest elements of our existence will always be there, whether we want to see them or not.

Meh.
by Nancy Meissner Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I didn't think the story was very interesting; it mostly seemed to be a vehicle for Kehoe's (very good) performance.

GO SEE THIS SHOW!!
by Karen Pedersen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a marvelous performance by Chris Kehoe as he takes us through the twisted lives of 15 characters. He seamlessly moves between characters providing each with their own unique identity. This is a performance not to be missed. GO!!

A Force To Be Reckoned With
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Christopher Kehoe is a force to be reckoned with, as evidenced by his confident, effortless, and mystifying performance in Monster. He is equal parts playful and nasty, laid-back and agressive, light and dark. He easily naviagtes the half a dozen or more characters he portrays, and there is always a hint of danger in his eye, keeping the audience rapt at every turn. In this disturbing and thought-provoking play, Kehoe's performance should not be missed.

Excellent
by Eric Netterlund Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kehoe did an amazing job drawing me into this show. He handled fifteen characters like a professional chainsaw juggler, with strength and precision. Awesome show.

awsome
by karen gallo Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
it's one of best we have seen in along time!

Wicked Great!
by emilia aghamirzai Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I really enjoyed the performance! Christopher does such a wonderful job portraying his many characters with distinction and uniqueness. The show was not exactly what I was expecting, but it demonstrated wonderful characterization and physicality. All I can say, without saying too much is that I will never see a horror movie the same way again. There are a few performances left, and I can assure it is not one to miss! Leave the kiddies at home... this is not appropriate for youth.

tour de force
by Ariel Pinkerton Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
though this didn't end up being what I thought I was going to see, I was still entranced. Kehoe sews all his characters together flawlessly and doesn't miss a beat. Very well done!

Wow
by Val Rigsbee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
First, a full disclosure: I am on the board for Theatre Pro Rata, but I promised I would review every show I saw at this year's fringe festival, so I am going to write a review none-the-less. You can discount my review as biased if you would like, but know that I hold Pro Rata to a much higher standard than I do most companies in town. I was really impressed by this production - a fascinating script, executed to near perfection by actor Chris Kehoe, who has really started to come into his own in the last year. Want to know why I fell in love with this company? See this show.

Amazing performance!
by feesh ette Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you are wondering if you can fit in one the last 4 performances into your schedule, JUST DO IT. There is one man on the stage, but several distinct, believable characters emerge. The show is so tight and precise, and the direction is incredible. Bravo!

Engaging
by Joshua Humphrey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was my first show of the fringe, and after 15 or so shows, it\'s still in the top five. Kehoe doesn\'t waste a moment with this acting tour de force. He was undoubtably aided with the keen eye of director Natalie Novacek: each character (15) is made memorable by little twists and subtleties, and it\'s never dull to watch Kehoe effortlessly shift between them.

There are a multitude of solo performers out in fringe proper of varying tones and subject matter. If you want darkly funny with a engaging performer, this is the show to see.

MONSTER!
by Christa Beverlin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
MONSTER! At the Southern Theater July 30th at 700pm.
This solo show was amazing. The show is yes a little on the confusing side but if you stick with it i think it is worth it. The show is rather dark but what is theater if it isnt a little on the dark side? The show deals with a serial killer or rather a boy who grows up to lose the tight grip on reality. As we journey through the change in personalities it is a fantasic switch that the actor makes. The show was fantasic and well put together. Really grabs the audiance and makes them pay attention to the show. It is a must see show. Although the middle does drag a bit and the part about joe is hard to tie in it is worth seeing it.
I rated the show a 4

Go See? Yes.
by Nick Decker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In my four-year Fringe experience, I've noticed that the one-man, multi-character drama tends to be the more successful format; perhaps the brief run times are more tailored to the format. Daniel MacIvor's Monster follows suit, cramming an erratic and enjoyable experience into its given slot.

The grisley subject matter of murder/dismemberment draws curiosity to the show, but actor Chris Kehoe's charisma drives the experience. He exudes a Bruce-Campbell-for-the-stage attitude as overconfident-yet-tense narrater Adam, but has no problem shifting into the distinct characters that color the story's moebius-strip plot.

This is a play that always asks why, and it's refreshing to get an unexpected response.

Wow
by Michael Wade Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Christopher Kehoe had me from the second the play began. The Southern doesn't seem like an ideal location for a one-man show, but he commands the space. While the script itself ultimately gets a little preachy at the end, I wasn't bothered because the performance was so engaging.

See this show.

outstanding character voices
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a wonderful first show for my 2009 Fringe experience! The characters had believable voices and their stories were tightly interwoven. The show was of the high quality I've come to enjoy from Theatre Pro Rata.

resentment revenge rage fantasies
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Is it a movie or a revenge daydream or a nightmare or reality and did it really happen and to whom? Guess. In the meantime be prepared to visit the dark side and maybe let it go once you see how it destroys. Brilliantly acted and directed - sometimes the characters emerge without introduction and I momentarily lost the flow for a few of them. I found it riveting, challenged my darkness. One of the better one person shows I have seen.

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