the Ego and the Oracle

Songs Trump Fortune Cookies

After a couple extended runs at Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater in '06 and '07, "The Ego & The Oracle" returns for one performance. If there was any justice, this metaphysical music/comedy show would be playing 6 nights a week in a big theatre, and no one would know "Shear Madness". (Maybe the guys in the band should paint their faces blue...?)

The format is a clever mix of music, prognostication, audience participation, and a healthy amount of humor. I like the description where "Ouija Board meets iPod Shuffle".

The band is "The Ego" (Jim's Big...), and the Wheel of Song is "The Oracle" which answers your question with a lucky spin to the appropriate tune like the rock 'n roll version of I Ching. You ask the questions, and the "interpreter" will talk through the meaning of the song in relation to the question.

At the beginning of the show, everyone writes down a question about the future. It could be something serious or a goofball question normally reserved for a Magic 8-Ball.

The "magic" begins when a question is chosen from the box and the wheel is spun to pick the soothsaying song to be performed by Jim's Big Ego.

Every JBE song is a different combination of articulate, funny, poignant, and melodic. Fans may hope their favorites from the band's jazzy/folk/rock will come up. You won't leave disappointed, because any of these songs could become a new favorite.

Afterwards, you sit on stage with Shawn Peters, the interpreter from the last production, to discuss how that song relates to your question. You'll be amazed how well some songs answer the query, and there are many rather funny results.

In the past it seemed to be a 2-hour or 90-minute show with an intermission, so it should be similar tonight. All questions can't be addressed during the show, but the remaining items are pulled out of the box as the impromptu lyrics of the closing song.

by Rob V., Cheap Thrills - Boston

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