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Prinze: The One-Man Show

From 35 member  reviews
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. More…

The time is October 1976. The place is the Improv comedy club. Freddie Prinze is giving one of his last performances, just a few months before his death.  Jose Sonera takes us on an journey that boldly addresses issues of race, culture and socio-political topics of that era that are still at the forefront of our conversations today.

Member Reviews (35)


Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

Awful direction, Great acting, Cliche framing device

See it if ... you're a Freddie Prinze fan. But be prepared for repeated annoying mannerisms and shallow writing.

Don't see it if don't like solo shows, or not a Prinze fan

Great acting, Funny, 100% for jose sonera's acting -- but his solo show drags!, Disappointing, Slow

See it if if you're a Freddie Prinze fan & miss him. Jose Sonera's portrayal is mesmerizing. Wonderful acting & an intimate black box is ideal for him

Don't see it if you want to UNDERSTAND Prinze; his 1hr. 45min. show skims the surface; if you want to laugh at funny jokes vs corny stereotypical skits

Also At 1hr 45mins, this solo show is both too THIN & too long. It either n... Read more Read less


See it if you're interested in a cursory overview of the life of Freddie Prinze & a rehash of some of his humor.

Don't see it if u recall real FP (this pales in comparison). Your attention wanders during 1-man shows. You'd like 2 know more re FP - little insight here.

Also Jose Sonera, who is likable & seems sincere, works hard as FP, but it'... Read more Read less

Cliched, Funny

See it if If you want to know more about his life.His ups and downs and the true love in his life.It had too many ethnic simplifications of Black folk

Don't see it if If you need a more opulent stage and more people in this play.This is a solo performance non-stop.Sometimes funny but many times kind of sad

Slow, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You are very into Freddie Prinze, like minimalist one-actor, off Broadway theater

Don't see it if you expect new insights or major revelations about Prinze's life

Also Jose Sonera does a great job in this sprint of a show. I didn't hate i... Read more Read less

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-des...
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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 t...
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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 incre...
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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 com...
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