PH OTOS BY DANIEL LI PPITT
, j ric the librarian isn't real-
ly a librarian; he just
thinks he is. Basically, he
spends his day ignoring
people who need to check out books
and makes Xeroxes of his face on
the copy machine. His parole offi-
cer got him the job.
As pathetically true-to-life as that
sounds, it's fiction. Eric is the cre-
ation of Timothy Campos, the ac-
tor/writer whose one-man show
Trapped In the Rubber Room runs
through this weekend at the The-
ater Guild in Redford . The work
is a compilation of monologues by
off-the-wall characters like Eric,
Campos says, whose foibles reflect
the oddities deep (or, in some cas-
es, not so deep) within all of us.
"(They're the kind of people
you'd meet) hanging out at Mei-
jer's at 2 a.m.," Campos says of his
multiple stage personalities. He
introduces 13 of them during the
course of the evening, including
Larry, the companion-starved
neighbor who "catches you in front
of the house and never lets you go,"
and the "home boy" who raps about
a bad haircut he got.
Then there's the twisted take on
Poe's "Tell Tale Heart" — "I really
can't talk about that," Campos apol-
ogizes. "It's sort of a surprise."
A Wayne State University stu-
dent and Dearborn resident, Cam-
pos began writing the show a couple
years back, presenting bits of the
monologues at Livonia's Trinity
House Theatre on open-mike night.
The venue agreed to rent him the
space for his first evening-length
performance in September 1994;
three of four shows sold out. Since
then, Rubber Room has played
again at Trinity House and at
Genitti's in Northville — a pretty
impressive debut for any writer, let
alone one who's 24 years old.
Campos' acting career includes
numerous appearances with the Vil-
lage Players at Greenfield Village
(he had the lead in last season's The
First Year) and in Genitti's dinner-
theater productions. Upon gradua-
tion in a couple years, he plans to
try his fate in New York City. But
until then, he's plugging away on
another one-man show. This one
will have a stronger narrative line,
as in "one theme all the way
through," he says.
"It's so hard to keep focused on
one thing," says Campos, who con-
tinues to reinvent Rubber Room for
each new production (this run will
feature characters not in the previ-
ous shows). "The nice thing about
this show," he adds, "is the growing
process. It's nice to have the free-
dom to keep it fresh."
13 Timothy Campos' Trapped In
the Rubber Room runs 8 p.m. Fri-
day-Saturday, March 1-2, and 7:30
p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the The-
ater Guild, 15138 Beech Daly (east
side of Beech Daly, just south of
Five Mile Road, across from Red-
ford Township Hall). Tickets are
$8. Call (810) 380-3217.
Timothy Campos is a one-man
comedy show with.multiple
ns on the
omen writers perform.
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Expldre the psychological
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Having rescheduled; its
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Thurs., 7 p.m.