On Saturday August 17th, Jonathan Mann’s ‘Super Mario Opera’ made its live-reading debut at Joe’s Pub in New York City. “Up until last week, only 4 people have bought tickets to my show…including my parents.” Mann said in the now sold out venue. His dream is to take his small stage performance to a bigger stage, and a bigger audience.
The show was a grim interpretation of the character ‘Super Mario’. Mann took the well-known and greatly loved story of the plumber-turned-hero Mario Mario (yes, that is his full name) and warped it into a story of one 8-bit man and his existential crisis through the world he knows as Mushroom Kingdom. However, the real showstoppers here were the projected graphics by Colin Snyder. The bright animations helped move the narrative along by being informative, but very pretty to look at.
Despite being rough-around-the-edges, the plot and development have huge room for growth, and I look forward to its improvement.