Steve Jobs, the recently deceased founder of Apple and technological wizard, made a tremendous impact in many spheres of people’s lives. However, one arena that Jobs’ impact would seem to not have reached is that of the world of theater. But after his death, Jobs’ influence continues to trickle its way through our society and has now landed itself a place in the world of theater.
Mike Daisey, the well-known monologist (well, as well-known as any monologists can be), has brought Steve Jobs to off-Broadway in his new one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”. Daisey’s monologue is described on the show’s website as “illuminating how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods.”
The show focuses on America’s obsession with technology and how Apple and its legendary founder have shaped American life. A large part of the talk fixates on the effect of this passion for technology on the producers of the physical product in China. Daisey draws on his own experiences and visits to the nation to make his arguments about the effect of technology on China.
While the topic is interesting and relevant to our society, watching one man talk for two hours seems to resemble a lecture more than it does a play. Whatever happened to going to the theater to have fun?
The show began previews on October 11, and closed today. But, because of the show’s popularity, there will be a return engagement early next year from January 31 to March 4. It will be showing at the theater it made its off-Broadway premiere in, the Public Theater.