here is a list of ways to describe Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself: Magic. Sleight of hand. Performance art. Confessional. An extended monologue, with card tricks. An allegory. A therapy session. Experimental theater. One of a kind. In and of itself.
By the time DelGaudio wrapped up his indefinable stage show’s 560-performance theatrical run, first in Los Angeles, then in New York, he’d amassed a collection of bold-faced blown minds. Stephen Colbert, another expert in the blurriness of identity, was so captivated by In & Of Itself that he coproduced the film version directed by Frank Oz, which debuts on Hulu on Friday.