Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

The Neon Man and Me 

Wednesday, Sep 13 2006
Two years ago performer Slash Coleman's best friend was electrocuted while hanging a neon sign. Frustrated while trying to put together a memento box for his departed friend's newborn son, Coleman wrote this solo show instead. Billed as a "spiritual rock 'n' roll comedy about best friends," the performance plays out like a heartfelt living memorial to a relationship that offered Coleman a sacred home in his ungrounded life. Careening between reenacting pivotal moments of their friendship and philosophizing about his own life's direction, Coleman has such manic pacing that he practically trips over his words while unnecessarily miming every physical action. Although there are plenty of colorful characters and chuckles along the way, it's when he slows down to reflect and picks up his acoustic guitar to sing to his friend that his grief and sorrow are beautifully conveyed. When the acting is less precious and hectic, The Neon Man and Me transcends this one particular situation and becomes a rumination on the holes in the spirit that only a longtime friend can fill — as well as an ode to home.

About The Author

Nathaniel Eaton


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"