Only Bones

No Funny Bones, No Serious Ones Either

A review of Only Bones by Elena Maria Piech

Soho Theatre’s promotional photo of Monckton performing during Only Bones. In this segment, Monckton pretends his head might fall off.

The best way to describe Only Bones would involve the word “budget.” I do not mean for budget to be a term that represented how I view theatre as a concept only valuable for shows that are marketing for the elite and high-end. I meant the word budget because the show felt as if the main actor, Thomas Monckton, seemed to have created it while bored in a tiny space. It was interesting to watch Monckton do all his acting while staying within a small circle. But just because he stayed in that circle—with no other actors and only one light—it does not translate to his performance being valuable for audience goers. Coming from the perspective of a person who lives near Chicago, I’ve seen better one man shows from simple street performers. I do not mean to bash the show because it’s set up and style was minimalist. In fact, I love minimalism! But, I did not feel as if Only Bones was a show worth watching. If I were to describe the show to someone else, I might use words like “meaningless,” “absurdist,” “childish,” and “simple.”

Although some individuals might claim that the show had a deeper meaning and that Monckton’s beauty lies within his body movement, I felt that the show had no beauty. No deeper meaning. Only Bones did not evoke a sense of childhood. Monckton did not act with his hands, feet, and other body parts to remind audience members about the beauty in simplicity and imagination. Instead, it came across as Monckton was trying to find a way to make something untalented talented. This show did not represent childhood. It represented a man being childish.

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Even the tickets for Only Bones looked unimpressive.

One example of this can be noted when Monckton attempted to use audience participation to enhance the show. He asked for audience members to create two noises and then Monckton would attempt to combine the two noises. Unfortunately, this skit seemed to go on for too long and his noises sounded uncreative. I’ll admit that I slightly chuckled during the sections where Monckton had the two noises prepared, but the noises he attempted to improvise and create on-the-spot did not seem funny or unique. If anything, it felt like the audience laughed simply because it was one of the few slightly funny parts of the show.

Sadly, the part with the noises stands out as one of the most memorable parts of the show… even if it did not seem worth watching. Luckily, the show was only 40 minutes long. So, if a person attempt to see this, they will not waste too much of their time.

Snapchat Filters available at the Soho Theatre

The four Snapchat filters available for download at this theatre were the Soho with Orange and Pink Lines, the Soho with White Buildings, the Soho with a Fork and Knife, and the Neon Blue Soho.

(1) Soho with Orange and Pink Lines – This filter represents the young, hip, and vibrant atmosphere of the Soho theater.

(2) Soho with White Buildings -This image reminds Soho theatre attendees that their venue is in the middle of a busy area in London.

(3) Soho with Fork and Knife – Guests have the chance to find plenty of places to eat around this venue.

(4) Neon Blue Soho – Working as a reminder to Soho’s past, this image emulates that of Soho’s strip club past.


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