April 3, 2011 -- As Charlie Sheen prepares for the second performance of his hotly anticipated live stage show tonight in Chicago, reviews are rolling in for his performance in Detroit last night -- and they're not good.
Fans flooded the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit to be the first to see the spectacle of Sheen's live stage act, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option," responded with confusion, shrugs, and finally boos and walk-outs.
The reviewers, it seems, had similar reactions.
The box office at the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre said the show tonight is sold out, but it appeared that there were still tickets available for the show this afternoon on Vividseats.com.
Vividseats.com said tickets for Sheen's events aren't selling well, with between 200 and 300 seats still available per show, according to gossip website TMZ.com.
Those seats could remain empty, as critics in attendance at the debut gig are putting him through the ringer, just as the crowd of approximately 4,700 did during the 90-minute performance.
Here's what some reviewers are saying about Hollywood's biggest "unemployed winner:"
James Hibberd, EW.com: "The padded and disjointed show was a hodgepodge of video clips and Sheen-isms that felt hastily assembled and misjudged the patience of even the hardest of hardcore fans ... This show is all pump-up, no narrative."
A.O. Scott, The New York Times: " ... the multimedia event had no clear structure or direction. ... The trolls may be #winning this round."
B.J. Hammerstein, The Detroit Free Press: "The show was a reminder that the pop culture phenomenon is serious about his beliefs, but most of the crowd wasn't entertained by the loose and disorganized attempt."
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter: "Call it 'tiger blood' or 'Adonis DNA' if you will. Just don't call it entertainment ... a blatantly cynical attempt to cash in on his craziness. ... Early in the evening, before the crowd turned sour, there was a creepy atmosphere that suggested group indoctrination into a cult."
Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times: "The atmosphere at times approached that of a professional wrestling match. Sheen was torn between offense and defense. He taunted the hecklers that he already had their dough. ... The humiliation, however, wasn't easy to watch. It's one thing to read about the missteps of the rich and famous; it's another to see a celebrity fall flat on his face in front of several thousand people."
And for the most part, Sheen's fans had few kind words about his stage show -- and now that word is trickling in about his performance, the buzz around him on social networking site Twitter seems to have taken a turn as well.
"Don't blame ppl f/walking out of Charlie Sheen's show last night. At some point you have 2 look away from a car wreck #CharlieSheen," tweeted Maureen Waterhouse @MOWaterhouse.
"Unfollow #sheen. Let's stop feeding the beast. I know there's a whole bunch of people in Detroit who'll agree," tweeted Amy Federman @AmyFeds.
Sheen had yet to comment this afternoon on his much-discussed Twitter feed. His most recent update came half an hour into his set, when he posted a picture of the enthusiastic audience, just minutes before they began to turn on him.
"The most honest city in the world honors the most honest man in the universe," Sheen tweeted.
He may want to remove that post from his feed --- "honors" isn't quite the right word at this point for how the majority of the audience seemed to feel.
And just before the night's festivities began, Sheen revved up his Twitter followers with a message about his imminent appearance on the Fox Theater's stage and a picture of what appears to his dress rehearsal:
"#TruthTorpedo The moment of truth is upon us Detroit!! Do not fear...the Sheenius is here! ybw c http://twitpic.com/4g9xly," he tweeted.
There is no word on the future of his stage act and the tour, but for now, his run through the country has 19 performances to go -- with gigs in Chicago today, and in New York, Boston and more cities later this week.
TMZ also reported that the Chicago Theatre is aware of audience reaction at the Detroit performance on Saturday, and are having an additional meeting on crowd control in case things get out of hand.
Sources at several ticket agencies have also told the gossip site there has been a rapid rise in the number of people trying to unload their tickets after word got out about Sheen's Detroit show.
But sorry folks, there will be no refunds. As Sheen said to his hecklers last night: "I already got your money, dude."