Prinze: The One-Man Show
Prinze: The One-Man Show
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Prinze: The One-Man Show NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

About the Show

A one-man show about the extraordinary life of the late actor/comedian Freddie Prinze – the half-Hungarian, half-Puerto Rican pioneer that paved the way for future Latino entertainers.

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507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Funny

See it if As far as one person shows go, it’s hard to find much better. Jose Sonera completely embodies Prinze. Riveting performance. Tad slow at end.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows.

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
82
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you are familiar with Freddie & liked his comedy - much of it is shared here from remembered appearances and done well in this one-man show.

Don't see it if you do not like plays that bounce back and forth between funny onstage performances and mostly troubled offstage real-life situations.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
80
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if Peek behind the curtain of the personal & performing reflection of the genius taken & forgotten too soon.Sonera's delivery rivals subject's.

Don't see it if Structured to showcase live routines, but w/o a fledged-out play, a solo piece can't do justice to the artist's ultimate demise. Gen adm.

336 Reviews | 80 Followers
81
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky

See it if A look at Freddie Prinze’s life through an exceptionally absorbing solo performance.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not a fan of solo shows or the realities of a difficult life.

297 Reviews | 78 Followers
85
All 1970s tv fans must see / very entertaining, Ok set / clever staging, Committed moving performance / intense / nostalgic, Very well-written / revealing / absorbing / resonant

See it if you enjoy one-man shows plus stand-up comedy. Based on Prinze's incredibly short young life, unprecedented rise to fame, & meteoric fall.

Don't see it if you offend easily. It's a biopic play that includes much of 1970s Hollywood/TV reality: racial humor, profanity, recreational drug use, etc. Read more

235 Reviews | 230 Followers
95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Riveting, Funny

See it if A brilliant, touching, funny tribute to an groundbreaking but overlooked comedian. Sonera is nothing less than phenomenal.

Don't see it if You’d rather see a musical or a big splashy show. Even so, consider seeing this remarkable one man show, I loved it!

244 Reviews | 101 Followers
79
Slow, Relevant, Entertaining, Uneven, Poignant

See it if you enjoy solo portraits. Reveals a singular, terrific talent whose path was inspiring & heartrending & who so deserves to be remembered.

Don't see it if prefer splashy set design or brisk pace. Actor's exits/entrances flow awkwardly; at times you feel embarrassed if you don't clap or laugh. Read more

233 Reviews | 34 Followers
93
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if you are a Freddie Prinze fan, want to learn more about the late comedian, enjoy well-acted stand-up comedy

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the life of Prinze, don't care for one-man stand up comedy, are offended by profanity and racial jokes & drug use, Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

Lighting & Sound America
October 30th, 2018

“Sonera proves to be a far more dynamic performer than his subject, landing more laughs than he has any right to with this aged material...It's not a criticism to say that Prinze's routines aren't very funny; they are fascinating...Sonera meticulously charts Prinze's descent into furious self-destruction with enormous skill....The piece could benefit both from a bit of trimming and an infusion of details...Still, Cardello-Linton's direction highlights the piece's strong dramatic arc.”
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TheaterScene.net
November 5th, 2018

“Sonera's ‘Prinze’ is stronger on biographical data than emotional heft. He is a talented actor, slipping from the spotlight Prinze to the backstage Prinze with ease, as well as acting several of the important people in his life. As directed by Melissa Cardello-Linton, the show runs smoothly as the facts tumble out swiftly-depressing ones following happy ones-yet what drove Prinze to suicide remains a mystery, its agonizing secrets not revealed either by Sonera's Prinze or his ‘Prinze.’”
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Front Row Center
October 29th, 2018

"The only problem is that Freddie Prinze is so precious in Sonera’s vision, that the script is compromised to telling a story that any moderate Prinze fan already knows. Sonera’s faithfulness to his hero doesn’t allow him to go deep. There are still reasons to like this show. The acting is incredible...Sonera gives us Prinze’s pain, the addiction, the loneliness. We empathize as it fills his eyes and his body."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
October 28th, 2018

"Pays homage to the star in an insightful, intimate, funny, and heartrending one-man show...His high-energy tour-de-force performance is perfectly nuanced, timed, and calibrated...If you’re a longtime fan of Freddie Prinze and his pioneering career, this homage to an unforgettable virtuoso of comedy and a life ended too soon is a must see. If you haven’t yet been exposed to his groundbreaking work, 'Prinze' is the perfect introduction."
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September 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"With an amazing, perfectly coifed Freddie do...combined with a mustache and dimples he must have stolen from Prinze himself, Sonara casts a likeness nothing short of striking...He completely owns every square foot of the stage, swigging wine, popping pills, and crushing up the perfect lines...If there’s anything I would suggest Sonera do, it’s slow down...The energy sometimes gets the best of him...Under Linton’s direction this beautifully crafted work of art is as funny as it is heartbreaking.”
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September 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"A performance that’s as nuanced as it is riotously funny. Sonera’s Freddie exudes charisma, and his energy and charm keep the audience begging for more...By the time Freddie’s life starts to come off the rails, the actor has earned true empathy, from the audience, one that’s difficult to cultivate and highly worthy of praise...That ability to surprise, even in moments of immense tragedy, is ‘Prinze’s’ finest quality...A must-see if ever there was one.”
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