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"Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World" at 59E59 Theater C

“Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World”
At 59E59 Theater C
By Shawn Shafner
Directed by Leah Lehman
Reviewed by David Roberts, Chief Critic
Theatre Reviews Limited

Mr. Poop’s pitch to Karl and Wanda at Ice2Eskimos Marketing Agency is nothing new. When this critic visited Machu Picchu a couple of years back, our informative and shameless guide pointed out the bathrooms in the rooms of this amazing pre-Columbian 15th-century Incan artifact and detailed how the Incas wasted not human waste: it was used for whatever it could possibly have been used for in the 15th century.

That said, Akilah Arthur, Rachel Chatham, Rhea Lehman, Shawn Shafner, and Croft Vaughn make a convincing, often hilarious, argument for saving the world with human waste in the quirky “Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World” which just completed its run at the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59 in New York City.

My guess is the proposal to save the planet by recycling human waste will end up in the same “In Box” as saving the planet by ending war and a myriad of social justice issues such as Equal Marriage. Our Congress and Administration seem unwilling to step up and do what is right. Seeing the planet spin out of control (cf. William Butler Yeats) seems the thing to do for corporate and religio-political America. But whom can we blame but an apathetic citizenship that has witnessed the most impressive wasting away of freedoms and rights in the last thirty years than at any point in our history as a nation? Go figure, Mr. Poop.

Best of luck in Edinburgh: you will have the time of your lives.

Tickets to each EAST TO EDINBURGH show range from $12 - $20 ($8.50 -$14 for 59E59 Members). Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at
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