* Fans heap scorn on Sheen via Twitter
* Critics are no nicer in their coverage of show
* Sheen faces new question: what now?
By Bob Tourtellotte and Bernie Woodall
LOS ANGELES and DETROIT, April 3 Actor Charlie
Sheen, whose assertion that he is always "winning, duh" has
become a pop catchphrase, faced a new reality the day after his
stage show bombed. Fans and critics said: "losing, really."
In March, Sheen was fired from his job as TV's highest-paid
actor on the comedy "Two and a Half Men" after he publicly
criticized producer Chuck Lorre and the show's makers at Warner
He created the stage act -- a disorganized group of
sketches, monologues and videos titled "My Violent Torpedo of
Truth: Defeat is Not an Option" -- to prove to detractors that
after months of drug and alcohol rehab, an assault on his
ex-wife and probation, Sheen was still in shape to work.
While it may be true that he is able to perform, what he is
doing, at least on stage, has failed to excite his audience.
During the show, whole sections of people in the balcony,
chanted in unison, "Refund! Refund!" and after it ended, Joe
Boland, 46, of Plymouth, Michigan, told Reuters: "They should
have been chanting, "Rehearse! Rehearse!"
By Sunday on Twitter, numerous tweets appeared like this
one by jackieedge 207: "Hahahahahahaha Charlie Sheen first
night of his tour was a complete failure. #losing".
One person conspicuously absent on the social networking
website was Sheen himself who has used Twitter in recent weeks
to fire off missives about anything that was on his mind. But
there was no reaction from the actor or his handlers.
NO CLEAR DIRECTION
There was plenty to say from critics, including the New
York Times' A.O. Scott, who was in the audience at Detroit's
Fox Theater where "Torpedo" opened its planned, 20-city tour
that next stops in Chicago on Sunday evening. Scott noted that
the "multimedia event had no clear structure or direction."
The show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. but got off late
with opening comic Kirk Fox failing to finish some jokes due to
audience rancor. His routine was the first of many during the
night that were aborted before coming to their planned end.
Sheen took the stage nearly an hour after show time with
his two girlfriends, "goddesses" Rachel Oberlin and Bree Olson,
who locked lips in a passionate kiss. They also helped Sheen
burn a "Two and a Half Men" bowling shirt.
Sheen donned a Detroit Tigers baseball jersey that on the
back had printed his self-given nickname "Warlock," and fans
cheered. But it would be one of the few moments that had them
roaring their approval.
Throughout the night, a giant video screen was used to show
images and interviews that the actor believed gave audiences
insight into his recent career turmoil. There were scenes of
shark attacks from the movie "Jaws," and videos of Sheen's
recent TV news interviews in which he ranted at his bosses.
But the jokes seemed stale, and as the show progressed,
some in the crowd of around 4,500 (4,700 tickets were sold)
began to walk out.
"The usual Sheen-isms started to sound old and tired. From
the men's restroom to the expensive seats in front, it was a
restless crowd, delivering plenty of jeers and only a few
cheers," wrote The Detroit Free Press in its coverage.
Sheen, who has sued Warner Bros. and Lorre for $100 million
claiming he was wrongfully terminated from his job, now faces
the reality of reloading his "Torpedo" or disarming it and
admitting it was a lost cause.
(Editing by Paul Simao)