When I saw Earth Leader: Son of ‘Bub on Saturday afternoon, I was pleased to discover creator-performer Richard Leon Gauthier who is new to Fringe. He has an ability to connect to the audience by being both vulnerable and charismatic on-stage.
Earth Leader tells the story of one man’s journey through abuse, addiction and mental illness. The scenes of this multimedia comedy art jump between the present, past events, stand-up comedy, music and dream sequences.
Earth Leader was often hilarious and touching, but the show faltered at some confusing and dark moments. I thought the scene enacting the rape of a boy should come with a warning as it could trigger traumatizing emotions for those who have faced similar violence.
The jumbled storyline comes to a complete arc, and Gauthier’s skill as a musician keeps the show together.
Many of the audience members really liked Earth Leader, and I look forward to seeing Gauthier’s future work.