2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Trueheart: Live’

This stand-up solo performance—featuring Tim Trueheart as himself—starts out as broad comedy.

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Describing himself as racially mixed—a combination of African-American, Indian, Chinese, and Jewish forebears—Tim and his audience laugh out loud as he reminisces about coming of age in the mostly white world of the Air Force.

His father, a stern military man, walks around the house in his underwear, while his mother, a native of Trinidad, cowers in the kitchen like a Caribbean Edith Bunker. (She is smart but naïve, and a collector of trivia.)

Although Tim says he grew up wanting to be a gangster—like some of his father’s relatives in Baltimore—he soon discovers that with a name like Trueheart, no one will take him seriously.(He says he was named for a Care Bear.)

But then, the comedy darkens.  A terrible student—albeit one with a perfect attendance record—Tim fails to get into college. Relationships fail.

Eventually he goes to an art school and becomes a teacher, but success eludes him. He turns to comedy, and writing stand-up routines becomes his new career.

The performance is scatalogically and sexually explicit and very honest.

In fact, there are so many fucking nouns and verbs that it’s sometimes hard to understand where the act is going—or where the jokes have gone. But Trueheart, bursting with energy, is a work in progress.

Stayed tuned. There is raw talent here.

Running Time: 50 minutes

Not recommended for ages 13 and up.

Trueheart: Live plays through July 26, 2015 at the Tree House Lounge -1006 Florida Avenue,  NE, in Washington, DC. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to their Capital Fringe Page.

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