Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life
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Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life
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Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(25 Reviews)
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Members say
Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Resonant, Refreshing

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.

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75
Banjo-filled, Low-key, Quirky, Touching, Funny

See it if you like banjos, and don't demand virtuoso playing. Keith's banter is funny (lots of punchline jokes) and moving/inspiring. Crowd-pleaser.

Don't see it if you're not into banjos or want gr skill. He hung out before/after show to talk. Not as polished as many Fringe works, but has homespun charm

89
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

91
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Inspiring, Entertaining

See it if inspiring personal stories told with upbeat music seems like a good combination. A very personable performer with a complex life story.

Don't see it if you have difficulties with cancer stories or banjo music.

85
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. Read more

83
Inspirational, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want an inspirational story told through the love of banjo music. You want a story about overcoming obstacles & finding a new voice.

Don't see it if You want a professional actor. While it's a great, personal story, his delivery sometimes makes it feel more like a motivational speech... Read more

94
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. Read more

87
Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Very honest & compelling one-man show regarding his life’s accomplishments & failures. The banjoe pulled things together for him.

Don't see it if You want dancing and a large cast then skip this one.

100
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 Read more

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