(Photo Credit: Anthony Uribe)
I've known Rudi Goblen for more than 10 years now. We met during a time when I was making regular trips to Miami from Hollywood working on breaking into the hip hop scene which at the time my city to the north severely lacked. After being introduced, we quickly cliqued up and started making music together. But this write up isn't about our time together in the miami hip hop group Illitterats or his prominent place in the B-boy community. This is about my amazing experience seeing his latest one man piece "PET". 10 years ago in 2006, I was assisting him with some sound for his first one man show "Insanity Isn't". Needless to say the evolution that has occured in Rudi as an artist over the last decade has been staggering.
PET bobs and weaves in and out of the abstract realm a few key times during the show but the substantial physical setting places the audience inside of a self help group for serial monogamists and people generally in search of love no matter how unsuccessful. I've seen the show twice now in different places and both times found myself relating to so many pieces of the show from the foolishly spoiled young love to the vicious adult bickering and the all too relatable shattered heart.
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The interactive elements of the show are incredibly effective. You really start to feel as if you've signed up to be part of this support group (complete with pamphlets and a "Coffee Break" with snacks). Both times I watched the show I left feeling a sense of accomplishment like I had really attended a class and watched some personal issues be resolved in front of my eyes. That can be difficult to accomplish when you're watching a friend perform. But during PET, I completely forget this person was my bandmate, roomate, and fellow ruckus bringer for years.
For my Miami friends and family, you've got one last chance to see it this year when it runs April 7-9 at Miami Light Project. TICKETS: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/31685/1459483200000
As a friend, i can't wait to see what Rudi Goblen cooks up for his next adventure.
As a fan, I've already got my tickets pre ordered.
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