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The Next Best Thing

theatre · antonio sacre and pan productions · Ages 18+ · one person show · United States

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CINDY MARIE JENKINS certified reviewer June 10, 2011
"The Next Best Thing" is one of those amazing experiences one can only have thanks to a Fringe Festival Brochure. I made time in my schedule to pop my Fringe cherry with a preview, and reserved a ticket with no prior knowledge. I had instant assurance from fellow artists that Antonio Sacre was a wonderful choice, and they spoke truth. It's just a man in a chair talking to us. Until it isn't, and I really can't say more without giving the experience away. Rest assured that Sacre and his Director Paul Stein master both simplicity and theatricality, perfectly suited to the stories he tells in "The Next Best Thing." There are many worthy shows out there; make time to see this one.... full review
TONY FRANKEL stage and cinema/bitter lemons certified reviewer June 12, 2011
Theatre Critic from www.stageandcinema here. There is no doubt that Mr. Sacre is a gifted and compelling storyteller: I am sure that he could create an engaging piece about reading the morning paper. In THE NEXT BEST THING, a relationship that goes from Chicago to New York to Hollywood is examined with bittersweet clarity. It fascinates how Mr. Sacre is able to incorporate other themes along the journey, but the piece overall feels languid and lacks an urgency that is most necessary to bring the story to life. Even with a fascinating use of language, this solo outing was delivered as if we were having a cup of coffee at a diner, instead of using the stage as a vehicle to heighten the emotion and characters in the story. It starts out promisi... full review

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