By Roscoe Pond
Simon's life isn't an easy one as he moves from the Indian reservation to the city, to skid row and back again. All along the way he runs into funny, sad and enticing characters in his life excursion. They come alive and there are 40 of them in this one-man show. I counted more, but who cares? They all jump out at you as Simon runs to all corners of the stage with energy and gusto.
By Penny Orloff
For the next 90 minutes, the charismatic Dennis is a cast of dozens as he tracks the strange, twisting path of his protagonist from carefree childhood on the reservation to drug addiction and alcoholism on skid row. From the outset, his tales of his character’s early life give us the rhythm and refrains of the rest of the show. One of the funniest vignettes is his “talking hands” rendition of “an eagle ate my homework”; one of the darkest is of his complicity in the suicide of a close boyhood friend.
Below: "Darrell Dennis performs Tales of an Urban Indian at Native Voices at the Autry." (Tony Dontscheff for Silvia Mautner Photography)