REEL is a mix of comedy, drama, music, multimedia, and movement all wrapped into one, fast-paced, 65-minute show. McAndrew, in addition to portraying two characters throughout the performance, also plays guitar and drums throughout the piece. More uniquely, he communicates with projections that pop up on a screen upstage, which provides its own commentary about our interactions with technology. >>READ MORE
"Of all the actors in MacMillan’s cast, it’s McAndrew who continually made me pay more than polite routine attention to what transpires on the Vasey stage. His Emmet, whose brother was killed during The Catholic-Protestant “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and whose mother recently ended her grief in a suicidal act that mirrors the way her son died, maintains a broody, lost cast that elicits sympathy and excites curiosity about the character." >>READ MORE
-Neal Zoren, DC Metro Theater Arts
"McAndrew deserves kudos for making Orestes' presence felt strongly in the midst of a play about a primarily female family war." >>READ MORE
-Marakay Rodgers, BroadwayWorld
One-Man Show Written and Performed by Patrick McAndrew
REEL follows the story of Harold, a fun-loving, kind, young man who is about to go on tour with his punk-rock band. He is also trying to woo the heart of an Irish girl. An eccentric, energetic man, who calls himself "Master," takes us on Harold's journey, serving as the narrator to the constant hurdles Harold encounters. Or so it seems.
As engaged as Harold seems to be with the audience and his life at the beginning of the show, things take a drastic turn as he becomes more preoccupied with what is happening on his phone than what's around him. Master takes the reins and finds delight in Harold's descent all the way up to Harold's social departure from the stage.
Captivating and entertaining, yet thought-provoking, REEL explores the influence that technology has on human relationships today. How well do we truly connect to one another if our attention, more often than not, is diverted elsewhere?
Patrick is a professional drummer who has performed in various locations throughout the mid-Atlantic region. With over 18 years of performing experience, from jazz to rock, to funk and alternative, Patrick has played for theater productions, private parties, at bars, and for a variety of concerts. His next project, The Spectacle, produced and written by Eric Goodman, is a "multimedia journey into the world of illusion called America." Feel free to check out Patrick's demo below!