At least the demise of the dot com era left us with a few laughs. Writer-performer Mike Daisey examines his comic and often brutal life with superseller Amazon.com in 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, previewing April 15 at Off Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre. Opening night is May 16. Directed by JM Gregory, 21 Dog Years made its New York debut at the 2001 Fringe Festival, where it proved a big hit. In the show, Daisey shreds his Non-Disclosure Agreement by revealing the joys of Amazon, the cult of personality surrounding founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and how Daisey fell in love with 60-hour work weeks.
Daisey has written two other monologues, Wasting Your Breath and I Miss the Cold War. Like fellow monologuist Claudia Shear, he's been many different things, from a security officer and high school teacher to a web pornsniffer and blood plasma seller. Simon & Schuster's The Free Press will publish a book of his writings in 2002.
Tickets are $45. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. For further information on 21 Dog Years, visit mikedaisey.com.
— By Christine Ehren