Thoughts & Musings

BROCCOLI’S BRILLIANT TOUR DE FORCE AT 2ND STORY

If you want to laugh out loud in a play and a performance that is so infectious, follow Broccoli from Cranston (or Warwick) to Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre and experience something new and different in what has to be one of the best, and certainly one of the most exhausting, performances you will see in Rhode Island this year.

by Don Fowler, Warwick Beacon
  • 13th October 201513/10/15
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Kevin Broccoli’s many talents have provided theatre-goers with many reasons to visit Cranston’s Artist Exchange over the past couple of years.

Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre Artistic Director, Ed Shea, has whisked Broccoli out of Cranston to star in a one-man tour de force that will have you in stitches for 90 hilarious minutes.

Kevin stars as Alex More, an out-of-work actor who is hired to run a mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement, in Jonathan Tolins’ “Buyer & Cellar”.

“That doesn’t make any sense,” you say. A bunch of boutiques in Barbra’s basement?

For the next intermission-less 90 minutes the audience and Kevin don’t have time to take a breath as he leads us on a rollicking ride filled with hilarity, poignancy, word-play (Starting with the title), and name dropping that only an accomplished actor could tackle.

He flawlessly slides from his own gay persona to Streisand’s sultry voice, to her shrill assistant, to his partner’s condescending tone, giving us the illusion of four characters on stage.

Working with director Lara Hakeem, one of Rhode Island’s leading actresses, Broccoli moves around the small stage like a bird in flight, pausing to ponder his growing relationship with the superstar, staring at projected photos of celebrities on a huge white background, and holding conversations with people who you almost believe are there.

It takes talent to make you believe that this crazy event took place and to make you feel for characters that in reality are not even there.

If you want to laugh out loud in a play and a performance that is so infectious, follow Broccoli from Cranston (or Warwick) to Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre and experience something new and different in what has to be one of the best, and certainly one of the most exhausting, performances you will see in Rhode Island this year.

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