THE LAST CARGO CULT RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS

12.11.09
Mike Daisey

The reviews are in. Mike Daisey's latest monologue THE LAST CARGO CULT is a hit! Now running through December 13 at The Public Theater in New York City.

"One of the elite performers in the American theater...with an effortlessness that comes from years of spinning tales, he imbues this trip with the punch of the first explosion of an action movie."
NEW YORK TIMES

"Perfectly balances humor and genuine anger...an incredibly ballsy and humble indictment of the banking system, American materialism and the audience."
VARIETY

"A wry, exuberant and hilarious response to the global financial meltdown—Daisey remains equal parts philosopher, historian and social critic."
TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Mr. Daisey is a funny, insightful, magnetic storyteller, and his travelogue—tales of flying to Tanna on a ramshackle plane, eating local delicacies, sleeping with a baby pig—is hilarious."
NEW YORK OBSERVER

"One of the most daring things I've ever seen in a theatrical performance. A brilliant storyteller...hysterically funny."
THEATERMANIA

"A hilarious and rueful commentary on consumerism, the financial crisis and our own misplaced values. Daisey is the natural heir to Spalding Gray."
NEW YORK POST

"A seriously funny man—he makes cogent, provocative connections to reinforce his point that our hunger for money and material things is the true religion of the Western world."
ASSOCIATED PRESS

"Sharp and funny. Nobody connects the dots the way Daisey does."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"Daisey’s stories subvert your expectations and constantly ask us to engage. He travels from comic outbursts to moments of such quiet sincerity that you can hear a dollar bill drop in the audience."
BACKSTAGE

"Mike Daisey again proves that he’s the best performance artist working in the United States. His charisma, his corrosive wit, his scorn, and his mountainous anger don’t just amuse. They make you roar. And then they make you ponder. Simply put, Daisey is the best sit-down comic you’ll ever see."
EDGE NEW YORK

THE LAST CARGO CULT

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory
Set Design by Peter Ksander
Lighting Design by Russell Champa

The Public Theater
December 3rd to 13th

Groundbreaking monologuist Mike Daisey returns to the Public Theater with the true-life story of his time on a remote South Pacific island whose inhabitants worship America at the base of a constantly erupting volcano. Their religion is explored alongside our own to form a sharp and searing examination of the international financial crisis. Daisey wrestles with the largest questions of what the collapse means, and what it says about our deepest values. Part adventure story and part memoir, he uses each culture to illuminate the other to find, between the seemingly primitive and the achingly modern, a human answer.