Ends Dec 13 | 1h 15m | Soho/Tribeca

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Delightful, Resonant

About the show

Keith Alessi, a former executive and banjo enthusiast, tells us about a boy's life, a man's meteoric rise to business fame, and the event that slammed on the brakes. Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series. More…

From the show:

Engaging and uplifting, Alessi encourages us to pursue our passions! Audiences are enamored with this unique one-man show, a true story told with humor, warmth, music, and banjos! Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is an inspiration. 

Member Reviews (11)


Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Delightful, Resonant
Avg Score

Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a personal life story, both the ups and downs, with a health scare, collection craziness and a passion fulfilled. Fringetastic!

Don't see it if you do not like one person shows where personal stories are told in a folksy manor including dealing with cancer. You don't like banjo music

Life-affirming, Quirky, Profound, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if An hour's worth of Heart and Humanity. Wizened bluegrass storyteller allows plucked strings to be his voice when he was not otherwise able.

Don't see it if Your relationship to "The Beverly Hillbillies Theme" will dictate your initial response, but your takeaway will be inspirational.Esophageal.

Also Bluegrass is only background to the life-affirming narrative.

Enjoyed, Refreshing, Entertaining, Uplifting, Absorbing

See it if One man journey with many roads, with some banjo music. Story of hope and passion.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this.

Also This show was very enjoyable, and may make you think twice about many ... Read more Read less

Funny, Poignant, Great banjo playing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to be elated and inspired by a true story of redemption from cancer/isolation through pursuit of lifelong passion for banjo playing

Don't see it if you do not enjoy solo stand-up comedy/banjo playing, are upset/stressed by true story of survival from cancer/domestic violence/depression

Also I hope that Keith’s Fringe tours of this show will extend to cancer wa... Read more Read less

Quirky, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like quirky but inspiring stories of the journey of a life which has taken some interesting turns.

Don't see it if You don't like one-,an shows or banjo music

Also Keith is not the best banjo player you have ever heard but when you he... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy one man/woman shows in an intimate setting and want to be inspired. This show will make want to challenge yourself to do more.

Don't see it if Don’t like banjo music.

Also you will be presently surprised. You will connect with this show in su... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if want to be entertained by a Fringe musician w some famous banjo hits&his moving story on how music helped him 2overcome a devastating event.

Don't see it if Udon't like banjo music or old time hits like"Floyd Shooting Creek",Bluegrass "Shady Grove",or Country hit"Cumberland Gap",commom among the*

Also *musicians of Cumberland in W.Virginia.... Read more Read less

Touching, delightful, sincere, profound without being heavy

See it if You appreciate an upbeat personal journey story, accompanied by various banjos.

Don't see it if You want a banjo concert or if stories with depth, but told gently, are of no interest to you.

Also This was a special performance, with warmth and generosity of spirit i... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if A moving narrative with several relevant themes. Relatable on many levels. He's not a professional musician but that's really the point

Don't see it if If you don't like banjo music but it's really soundtrack, not a concert

Also I'm a cancer survivor/boomer so this show hit home with me

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if One man’s story of life ,hope and recovery. Plus good banjo plying

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows recalling life experiences

Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You want a show that is funny and touching in a personal way. Very relevant and deeply affecting. Perfect show for the holidays! Authentic

Don't see it if You don’t like Banjo music. You don’t like true stories.

“Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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