It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later is a fantastic one-man show performed by Daniel Kitson, a self-effacing, slightly rumpled Brit with thick glasses and a speech impediment. As described on the theater's page, it's about "Everything and Nothing," and at 90 minutes, the perfect span of time for Kitson to deliver his detailed and tender monologue about two separate individuals' lives. And yet he could have kept going. He spoke with such ease, at times momentarily breaking from the script to say something impromptu, then slipping back into his narrative, that it mostly felt like he was simply telling us a story—not performing
Depending on what you read, you'll either find the show listed in the Theater or Comedy section of most NYC magazines. It's confusing, but I can see how it's a blurry distinction, and not just because the Kitson is superbly funny. Onstage with nothing but 26 hanging lightbulbs and a step ladder as his set, he's as vulnerable as any comic, faux-engaging and reacting to his audience with the same kind of wit and perceptiveness that a skilled comedian needs to deliver his or her bits. Each night's recital of lines is likely to be different from the next, which is why you may feel compelled to go back: to see if Kitson may completely abandon script this time, and have a conversation. At least that's what I wanted.