"A gem." -Orlando Weekly
The Surprise is Martin Dockery at his finest."
-On Stage: Ottawa's Theatre Arts Magazine
"The theatrical hybrid of F My Life and a David Sedaris novel."
-Washington Square News, NY
"If you have not already experienced the talent of Martin Dockery, you should, and The Surprise is the perfect opportunity." -FringeReview.co.uk
"Martin Dockery is neurotic and hilarious... Effortlessly captivating." -Vancouver Sun
"Brilliant." -The Revue, Ottawa
"What sets Dockery's performance apart is the electricity coursing through his veins as he shares an incredibly dark story in one of the funniest narrations you're ever likely to hear."
-myculturallandscape.com
"One of the most well crafted monologues I have ever seen... It is brilliant."
-billyjoesboy.com
"His relentless energy is so engaging, you want to hang on his every word."
-New Theatre Corps, NY
"A master of his craft, Dockery's stage presence and words grab your attention and don't let go."
-Minny Apple, Minneapolis, MN
"The Surprise is funny, warm, and entertaining... A show that offers plenty to laugh about, relate to and ponder long after the storyteller has left the stage... A superlative storytelling show."
-nytheatre.com

Past Performances: 
Rarig Center, Thrust
Minnesota Fringe Festival, MN 7/30-8/8/15
Goldman Theater
Shakespeare Center, Orlando, FL 1/3/15
Curious Comedy, Portland, OR 10/9/2014
Burnt Thicket Theatre,
Cochrane RancheHouse, Cochrane, AB 8/6/2014
Winnipeg Fringe Festival,
Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, Winnipeg, MB, 7/17-7/26/14
Ottawa Fringe Festival, ODD,
Arts Court Theatre, Ottawa, ON 6/19-6/28/14
Piccolo Spoleto Festival,
Theatre 99, Charleston, SC 5/31-6/7/14
Orlando Fringe Festival, Yellow Venue,
Shakespeare Rep,  Orlando, FL 5/14-5/25/14
Gettysburg College, The Kleine Theatre,
Gettysburgh, PA, 10/16/13
The London Storytelling Festival,
Leicester Square Theatre, London, UK, 11/16/12
The Gotham Storytelling Festival,
Under St. Marks Theater, NYC, 11/7/12
The Vancouver Fringe Festival,
The Waterfront Theatre, BC, Sept 2011
The Edmonton Fringe Festival,
King Edward Academy, AL, August, 2011
Saskatoon Fringe Festival,
The Broadway Theatre, August, 2011
The Unitarian Fellowship,
Morristown, NJ, April, 2011
The Rogue Festival,
Million Too, Fresno, CA, March, 2011
The Regina Fringe Festival,
Artisian Theater, SK, July, 2010
The San Francisco Fringe Festival,
The Exit Theater, SF, CA, Sept, 2009
The soloNOVA Festival,
DR2 Theatre, NY, May & June, 2009
The FRIGID Festival
Kraine Theater, NY, Feb-March, 2009



"4 STARS... A mesmerizing tale... Full of insights and fast paced dialogue, this show will have you laughing one moment and rapt with attention the next." -Vue Weekly, Edmonton
"A spellbinder."
-The Ottawa Citizen
"A MUST-SEE: Funny, poignant, and gripping."
-Pioneer Press, Minneapolis, MN
"So enjoyed following its twists, turns, jumps, and yes, surprises!"
-Plank Magazine
"A performance genius in our midst!"
-Capital Critics Circle, Ottawa
"A master storyteller at his best."
-Orlando Sentinel
"A bat outa-hell pace!"
-Vancouver Courier
"Travels, girlfriends, exstasies and disappointments are masterfully layered with his own brand of self-effacing humor."
-nytheatre-wire.com
"Entertaining and moving."
-Prairie Dog Magazine, Regina, SK
"An absolutely magnetic stage presence."
-New Ottawa Critics

"Deftly constructed... Truly vivid." -The New York Times
"5 STARS... Go and see this show. Period. You won't be disappointed."
-CBC
"5 STARS... Even better than Wanderlust."
-Edmonton Sun
"5 STARS... He's impossible not to watch. The hour-long show flies by in minutes."-Winnipeg Free Press
"5 STARS... Dockery's stories are truly funny but come with gut-punching emotion."
-Star Phoenix, Saskatoon
"5 STARS... A mesmerizing New Yorker with crazy, spiraling spontaneity." -The Edmonton Journal

Dockery discovers he has half-Vietnamese twin siblings who are 36-years younger than himself. Surprise! He and his German girlfriend journey across the world to seek out his father, a retired Vietnam veteran, to confront the question of what remains when the foundations of family crumble. High energy and theatrical, this is a wild, true solo show that is hilarious, heart-breaking, and a hair's breadth away from impossible.

"5 Stars... Crazy, spiraling spontaneity... Theatrical crackle with a poetic heart." -Edmonton Journal

Created & Performed by
Martin Dockery
Directed by
Jean-Michele Gregory

-A solo show in 75 minutes-

The Surprise