REVIEWS: The Devil On The Wall or, That Time I Got Kidnapped

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Breathe deep and hold tight as Jamie rips through the waypoints of his childhood like an F-14 flying ten feet above the surface of a once placid lake. A performance that commands your attention.

–ASHLEY KOTZUR, PortFringe 2019 Review Team


Stand-up comedian Jamie Campbell shares some of his humorous and heartbreaking life experiences in a content-packed hour length monologue. He projects in a style similar to that of a slam-poet as he guides us from one harrowing vignette to another culminating in the reveal of 25 year old family secret. Fast-paced adult-themed material with a satisfying emotional impact.

— MARK MAGEE, PortFringe 2019 Review Team

Instead of relying on well-earned, sincerely-given superlatives to express the impact of this solo performance, I’m going to share two uncomfortable truths:
(1) I saw a lot of my own personal experience reflected back to me in this performance.
(2) This is a story about abuse. Not the grotesque abuse-porn that CSI has built a franchise out of. The pedestrian, ubiquitous, mental and physical abuse that can be found in every corner of America. The abuse that child have sprung on them by their most trusted adults. The abuse women tolerate out of desperation and poverty. The abuse that’s the entitled way and means of too many men irrespective of class, religion, or race. Which is to say: the abuse that all of us are recovering from or coping with, whether we recognize it or not, simply by virtue of living in the United States.

–DOUGLAS W. MILLIKEN, PortFringe 2019 Review Team