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Runt is theatre for football fans - a sports metaphor
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Runt is theatre for football fans - a sports metaphor

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Runt of the Litter
ACT Theatre
Through October 11
Bo Eason is an ex-professional football player. Not now playing football, Eason has to figure out what to do with the rest of his life (football only being the beginning of it). He's decided, for now, to be an actor (he has acted in several movies) and a writer. He's written a one-man show and is performing it at ACT Theatre. Runt of the Litter is an autobiographical account of his childhood obsession with becoming a pro baller and his rivalry with his older brother, Tony.

A bit confusingly, he has decided to name his autobiographical character "Jack Henry" rather than "Bo Eason," but the details are his own; the four knee surgeries before pro football, the older brother who was the "natural" and the low expectations others had for Bo to make it to the big leagues, and the father who seemed only to pay attention during football season, or through football practice.

Bo is the youngest of six, with four older sisters. He was the smallest of the two boys, hence the "runt" of his litter. He was considered too small to compete. He makes the point that runts have to try harder and work longer for the same result, which makes them fighters. His single-minded focus on becoming a pro footballer eclipsed any other intention or interest from age 9 to age 29.

He starts his story on the last game of the playoffs where he faces his brother, the famous quarterback from the New England Patriots. He is a Houston Oiler safety. He describes the power of the safety and calls it the "forgotten position." His perspective is that if the safety makes sure you don't have a successful play, the safety controls the game. It's a reasonable explanation.

As the minutes tick down to the big game and his opportunity to beat his brother to the Super Bowl, he describes what has gotten him to this point. It's a lot of detail. You probably should know something about football, though if you don't, you'll probably know a lot more about football when you're through watching this show. One of the more squirm-inducing moments is when he shoots something directly into both knees - on stage. Right in front of you. For real.

Perhaps his numerous surgeries cause him to need to do that on a daily basis in real life with some sort of medicine. It just has to hurt. A lot of focus is on his knees and coping with injury. One of the stories is about what he thought was a game-ending injury in high school. It was almost a relief, he describes, because now he got to think about sex! Otherwise, his runt-ness and determination didn't leave him any room to think about sex. That was not to be, as his father directs the doctor to do whatever is needed to fix Bo's knees so he can play again.

The other squirm-inducing moment is when he leaves the stage for the putative game and comes back filthy and bloody, bleeding heavily from the mouth into a towel. It's very realistic, trust me.

There is a lot said about metaphors of playing sports being related to all of life's philosophies: playing hard, keeping your eye on the ball, never letting the ball drop, advancing in yards and inches, pick yourself off and dust yourself off, winning is the whole point. All of those metaphors are front and center in this piece. Which, for all its visceral moments, can get a bit tiring for someone who is less than interested in sports metaphors as applied to life. It's all rather simplistic. But if you like football, there's every reason to go see this show.

For more information, go to www.acttheatre.org or call 206-292-7676.

Comments on reviews go to sgncritic@gmail.com.

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