The Annual Meeting For The Society Of Lone Fishermen...

theatre · fierce backbone · Ages 15+ · family friendly · one person show · United States

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ANDREW HOLMES · June 17, 2012
I really like this play as a humorous and poignant view of a man looking back on his life, with the ups, downs and, in the end, what really matters. If its any recommendation, I wished it had been longer - I wanted to hear and see more.... full review

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NANCY BEVERLY · June 08, 2012
The perfect combo of writing and acting. Writer Tom Cook takes us out on the ocean for funny stories, sly jokes, and one man's look back at the important moments in his life -- all under the guise of just going fishing. Paul Messenger perfectly delivers the humor and the pathos of navigating with friends, family and career. It starts as a light-hearted jaunt and ends with profound realizations that death affects us all. Bravo, guys, you're at the top of your collective games! ... full review

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AMY NATHAN · June 08, 2012
A rollicking adventure that had me laughing and crying. Highly recommended! ... full review

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LAURA BUTT · June 11, 2012
Paul Messinger is simply awesome in this role!! I belly-laughed, I teared-up, I heard some anecdotes that I will use from now on in my own life. A one-man show has never flown by so fast! You will be amazed!!... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 15, 2012
I have seen both Tom Cook and Paul Messinger do this one man show. All I can say is that I love sushi no matter if it is a cut roll or sashimi. Both different but flavorful just the same and it is because of the differences I enjoyed seeing both shows. Ultimately it is a compliment to the writing that it works so well with different energies. Must see!... full review

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RICHARD ADAMS · June 15, 2012
RICHARD ADAMS, The World Socialist Website T.S. Cook’s The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Lone Fishermen Who Have Found Dead Bodies, a one-man show performed alternatively by Cook and his co-director Paul Messinger, has a certain laconic charm spiced with set-piece jokes, aphoristic wisdom, and private confession. While it held my attention and occasionally gripped me – especially when The Angler reveals that he’s driven his fishing skiff to a spot somewhere off Catalina Island, just remote enough to see nothing but sea, the very spot where his father’s ashes are buried – the play never quite overcomes the hurdle that bedevils so many one-character plays (and this is a play, not a show): why exactly is this man, who insist... full review

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