Fans of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces
and the novels of John Irving (particularly The World According to Garp
) will find a kindred mindset in director Sol Tryon's exceptionally quirky The Living Wake
. But any friend of independent comedy should revel in the absurdities springing forth from the mind of co-writer/star Mike O'Connell, the symptom-free victim of a vague, grave, and punctual disease, who submits a tour de force
interpretation of gonzo resignation, tempered by quavering fear.
It's an understatement to say that K. Roth Binew (O'Connell) -- an almost-charming loudmouth, spawned from privilege but descended...