My review of R. Buckminster Fuller is way late, but let’s be honest here, it’s because this amazing show just might have been too smart for me. I didn’t understand every word Fuller said, and I can’t comprehend some of the concepts he was talking about, but I do know it was one certifiably entertaining show.
Let me clarify: I didn’t sit there stupidly wondering what was going on. The show is profoundly interesting. I often found my mind wandering while Fuller was talking, but I was just thinking more carefully about something he had said earlier.
Rick Lombardo is taking a risk by bringing R. Buckminster Fuller to the Rep because I don’t think the show is for everyone, but with great risk often comes great theatre. This is not your typical show, and the show is not for your typical audience. On the other hand, it may bring in a new audience to the theatre, which is always a good thing.
R. Buckminster Fuller was the science/philosophy/architecture/social science teacher you wish you had. He was likely a genius, and not only ahead of his time, but ahead of our time as well. His genius comes with a hypo-eccentricity, which perhaps made it difficult for people to take his ideas seriously, or at least see them to fruition.
I went into this one man show not really sure who Fuller was, only knowing that he had something to do with inventing the geodesic dome. My mind is currently so crammed full of theatre shows, independant films, and trying to finish a stack of fat library books that I had a very difficult time trying to drum up interest in a show about science. But I have faith in Rick Lombardo, so I went in with the knowledge that Lombardo was likely going to knock my socks off.
I will say that instead, Ron Campbell knocked my socks off with his portrayal of the amazing Fuller. Campbell is charming and engaging and makes this show more than a science lesson. As Fuller, he tells the story of his difficult childhood, and explains how his brain works and how he came up with a lot of his ideas. He was an amazing man, and the show is cerebral and enjoyable. What better place to hold this forward-thinking show than in the heart of Silicon Valley? Our town was built by forward thinkers, on ideas that were ahead of their time, and concepts that most people could not comprehend.
Let’s not waste any more time here and get this published so you can buy your tickets.