“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is a one-man show that all Apple fans should see.
Not many one-man shows are so inspiring and real that can actually change the way you perceive something. Plus, a lot of such shows deal with the insights of the human soul and heart, needless to say how generic these become. However, New York’s Public Theater hosts a courageous one-man show all Apple fans should see.
Called “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, the show is produced by actor, author and monologist Mike Daisey. The show will shock most Apple fans, as it tackles the manufacturing aspect of its gadgets. Daisey actually spent three weeks in a Chinese manufacturing unit, where Apple, Nokia and Lenovo had their gadgets put together. Daisey explains: “I have traveled to southern China and interviewed workers employed in the production of electronics. I spoke with a man whose right was permanently curled into a claw” as a result of a work accident with a metal press at Foxconn, where he was assembling Apple laptops and iPads.
Mike Daisey’s one-man show is turning consumers’ attention, once again, to how big companies cut costs on the essentials in a worker’s life. Foxconn has made the headlines several times for suicides at its plants, beatings, poor work conditions, long hour shifts.
As a show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, got raving reviews. Chicago Tribune depicts it as “funny, literate and provocative!”, while Boston Globe mentions the show is “sharp-witted” and “passionately delivered”.
The first impression of Mike Daisey is for the unfamiliar eye not that great, but after you watch one of his shows, you’ll truly understand why the New York Times called him “THE MASTER STORYTELLER – one of the finest solo performers of his generation”.
However, despite what all your preconceptions say, Mike Daisey’s performance reminds consumers’ about the “human price we pay for our high-tech toys”. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, said he “will never be the same after seeing that show”.
Although Mike Daisey isn’t at his first hit, DC Theatre Scene believes “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is his “most complete, most layered, most complex, most uproariously disturbing monologue to date”.