One-Man Shows

Posts about Captain Ambivalent’s one-man shows.

Virtual One-Man Show

Captain Ambivalent Is In Denial

Elgin Finge Festival – Virtual Edition - $5.00 for 48 hour rental; Festival Pass all shows for $50
Tue 11/10/20 – Thurs 12/31/20 “Captain Ambivalent Is In Denial” any time on your device

Back by popular demand through the end of the year!

In a socially distant world beset by evil, one singing superhero has the courage and the privilege to stay inside and play with toys! Do you find sometimes real life’s too hard to face? Escape to the fantasy world of Captain Ambivalent as he shares his songs, his toys, his imaginary friends, and his privilege to ignore everything bad! With imaginary guest artists Buford P. Wallaby, Guy Slimey, Creepy David Bowie, and more!

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Virtual One-Man Show

Everywhere Is Elgin Now!

Elgin Finge Festival – Virtual Edition - $5.00 for 48 hour rental; Festival Pass all shows for $50
Fri 09/04/20 – Sun 10/04/20 “Captain Ambivalent Is In Denial” any time on your device
Sun 10/04/20 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Musical guest for Facebook Live Closing Party and Awards Ceremony
Media Coverage
Thu 08/27/20 Advance publicity at Elgin Courier-News
Thu 09/03/20 Advance publicity at Elgin Courier-News
Fri 09/11/20 Spotlight interview at Art On The Air
Mon 09/21/20 Interview on Facebook Live at Elgin Finge Festival - Virtual Edition

In a socially distant world beset by evil, one singing superhero has the courage and the privilege to stay inside and play with toys! Do you find sometimes real life’s too hard to face? Escape to the fantasy world of Captain Ambivalent as he shares his songs, his toys, his imaginary friends, and his privilege to ignore everything bad! With imaginary guest artists Buford P. Wallaby, Guy Slimey, Creepy David Bowie, and more!

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Michigan City, IN One-Man Show

Fear The Accordion

The Nest - 803 Franklin St - FREE thanks to Michigan City Mainstreet Association
Sat 10/05/19 7:00 PM “Fear The Accordion” two act version

Greetings, loyal citizens of Michigan City Sector! In these dark times when our underground complex is increasingly infiltrated by secret mutants from the deadly wasteland outside our armor-plated walls, no weapon is more fearsome than the accordion. And no one wields an accordion more fearsomely than Captain Ambivalent.

In his Computer-mandated effort to explain how we got to this point, he looks to film classics like Metropolis, Star Wars, and Robocop, 1980s fear culture, and a role playing game called “Paranoia,” and discovers he may have had a little hand in The Complex himself.

Report to your re-education pods for sidesplitting musical madness!

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Waukegan, IL One-Man Show

Fear The Accordion

Three Brothers Theatre - 115 N. Genesee St. - $20, $15 student/senior/military
Sat 06/01/19 8:00 PM “Fear The Accordion” two act version


Greetings, loyal citizens of Waukegan Sector! In these dark times when our underground complex is increasingly infiltrated by secret mutants from the deadly wasteland outside our armor-plated walls, no weapon is more fearsome than the accordion. And no one wields an accordion more fearsomely than Captain Ambivalent.

In his Computer-mandated effort to explain how we got to this point, he looks to film classics like Metropolis, Star Wars, and Robocop, 1980s fear culture, and a role playing game called “Paranoia,” and discovers he may have had a little hand in The Complex himself.

Report to your re-education pods for sidesplitting musical madness!

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Elgin, IL One-Man Show

Replaced By A Robot

Elgin Fringe Festival - 15 Ziegler Court
Thu 09/13/18 9:00 PM “Replaced By A Robot”
Fri 09/14/18 7:30 PM “Replaced By A Robot”
Sat 09/15/18 1:30 PM “Replaced By A Robot”
Sat 09/15/18 6:00 PM “Replaced By A Robot”
Media Coverage
Thu 08/30/18 Advance publicity at Elgin Courier-News
Wed 09/05/18 Advance publicity at Daily Herald

Box office is at 15 Ziegler Court; allow time to walk to the show at Elgin Public House 219 E. Chicago St. You can order food and drinks at the bar and bring them in!

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Indianapolis, IN One-Man Show

Happy Fun Time at the (IndyFringe) Complex

IndyFringe ComedySportz - 721 Massachusetts Avenue - Adult $15, Senior Citizen/Student $12, Under 12 $10
Sat 08/18/18 6:00 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”
Sun 08/19/18 1:30 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”
Mon 08/20/18 6:00 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”
Fri 08/24/18 9:00 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”
Sat 08/25/18 10:30 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”
Sun 08/26/18 6:00 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”
Media Coverage
Sat 08/18/18 Review at Plays With John and Wendy Blog
“… a rollicking, entertaining hour full of lots of great music and lots of family-friendly fun.”
Sun 08/19/18 Review at IndyFringe Talks Blog
“… a tongue-in-cheek, satirical look at the American landscape since we all fell asleep one night in 2016 and awakened in disbelief, confusion, and despair… It’s about the lyrics. And that’s why you should go and listen to this show.”

Captain Ambivalent went to sleep in 2016 and woke up in this underground complex full of secret mutants and traitors controlled by an insane computer with no idea how we got there! And now, he’s been assigned to explain it all in song to you, the heroic survivors of the amnesia gas incident on level 12. Report to your re-education pods for a sidesplitting musical history of the future, the eighties, student debt, unintended consequences, and being replaced by a robot.

NOTE: Food and drink service available during each show!

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Louisville, KY One-Man Show

Happy Fun Time at the (Louisville Fringe) Complex

Louisville Fringe Festival at Four Pegs Beer Lounge - 1053 Goss Ave - $15
Sun 07/15/18 10:00 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”

NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM 7:00 TO 10:00
CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR, $5 BILLS PREFERRED

Part of an evening of entertainment with Moonrise Productions’ play “If”.

Captain Ambivalent went to sleep in 2016 and woke up in this underground complex full of secret mutants and traitors controlled by an insane computer with no idea how we got there! And now, he’s been assigned to explain it all in song to you, the heroic survivors of the amnesia gas incident on level 12.

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Louisville, KY One-Man Show

Happy Fun Time at the (Louisville Fringe) Complex

Louisville Fringe Festival at Monnik Beer Co. - 1036 E Burnett Ave - $15
Sat 07/14/18 10:00 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”

CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR, $5 BILLS PREFERRED

Part of an evening of entertainment with Zilla Improv.

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Louisville, KY One-Man Show

Happy Fun Time at the (Louisville Fringe) Complex

Louisville Fringe Festival at Kaiju - 1004 E. Oak St. - $15
Fri 07/13/18 7:00 PM “Happy Fun Time At The Complex”

CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR, $5 BILLS PREFERRED

Part of an evening of entertainment

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Elgin, IL One-Man Show

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Side Street Studio Arts - 15 Ziegler Ct - $10 advance, $12 at door (Mature)
Fri 02/02/18 8:00 PM Valentines lineup with magician William Pack and storyteller David Boyle

A tribute to St. Valentine’s Day with magician William Pack and storyteller David Boyle.

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Elgin, IL One-Man Show

The Dark Nut Rises

Elgin Fringe Festival - 15 Ziegler Court - $10+$3 Fringe button
Thu 09/14/17 7:30 PM “The Dark Nut Rises”
Fri 09/15/17 7:30 PM “The Dark Nut Rises”
Sat 09/16/17 4:30 PM “The Dark Nut Rises”
Media Coverage
Fri 09/01/17 “Elgin embraces the arts for Fringe Festival” at Elgin Courier-News
Tue 09/12/17 “Elgin Fringe Festival returns this week” at Daily Herald
Fri 09/15/17 "EFF 2017 Review Roundup" at Elgin Walkabout
Promotional Events
Wed 09/13/17 6:00 PM Blimp raising at Blue Box Cafe followed by three minute previews at Martini’s FREE
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Pittsburgh, PA One-Man Show

Laundry Night

Pittsburgh Fringe / Artist Image Resources - 518 Foreland St. - Tickets $15/$12
Fri 03/31/17 6:15 PM “Laundry Night”
Sat 04/01/17 1:00 PM “Laundry Night”
Sun 04/02/17 8:00 PM “Laundry Night”
Media Coverage
Sat 04/01/17 “Friday Fringe at AIR” review at Pittsburgh In The Round
Wed 04/05/17 “Unpredictable Treasure: The Fringe Fest Day 3” review at Pittsburgh In The Round

The musical true story of my glacial rise from obscurity to international obscurity! From the Dawn of my Downy youth, I struggled to get the songs inside outside. But when I gave up on a “normal” Win and Dashed Briskly to Gain a More Bold Biz Method, I Surfed a Tide of Joy! 2016 Elgin Fringe Festival Audience Favorite Award.

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Elgin, IL One-Man Show

Laundry Night

Elgin Fringe Festival - 15 Ziegler Court - $10+$3 Fringe Button
Thu 09/15/16 9:00 PM “Laundry Night”
Sat 09/17/16 6:00 PM “Laundry Night”
Sun 09/18/16 4:30 PM “Laundry Night”
Media Coverage
Wed 09/07/16 “Elgin festival puts the Fringe front and center” at Elgin Courier-News
Tue 09/13/16 “New acts, more artists add depth, variety to Elgin Fringe Festival” at Daily Herald
Thu 09/15/16 Review at The Elgin Review
Sun 09/18/16 “Fringe Fest brings art, music, even burlesque to downtown Elgin” at Elgin Courier-News
Promotional Events
Wed 09/14/16 6:00 PM blimp Raising at Blue Box Cafe followed by Preview Party at Martini’s FREE
Sat 09/17/16 12:00 PM lunch with me and Madeline Hicks at the Blue Box Cafe
Sat 09/17/16 2:00 PM half hour at Family Fringe (Hemmens Cultural Center) FREE

The true musical story of Captain Ambivalent’s glacial rise from total obscurity to international obscurity. From the Dawn of his Downy youth, Dan struggled to get the songs inside his head outside. But when he gave up seeing “normal” as a Win and Dashed Briskly to Gain a More Bold Biz Method, he Surfed a Tide of Joy!

“…a real-life saga punctuated by recurring scenes of unrequited love, noisy neighbors, and a relentless flow of song ideas. Career biography, yes — but this show is all about the music!…You’ll dance, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh and wonder why.” – Elgin Review

Winner of the “Audience Favorite” Award!

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