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solo performance · openmike · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States

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ADAM BRIGGS June 23, 2014
Mike creates a tour de force performance, seamlessly weaving between the characters in his story. It's a very well acted, funny, meaningful one man musical. There's not a dull moment in the play. Please go see it!... full review
WENDY BECKER June 25, 2014
Fantastic performing with a script that keeps you moving through experiences you didn't think could be true, but the multi talented Mike Cline does a marvelous job entertaining us and touching us deeply as he tells his story. Laughter and tears. That is great theatre! Bravo Mike! A definite must see.... full review
KAREN FURNO June 10, 2014
RUN to see this show. I saw the opening night preview on Saturday night. It was absolutely fabulous. Funny, touching, poignant, and what theatre is supposed to be. If this was just the preview, then this show is going to be a major hit. Michael Cline's performance is stellar, and he allows us in to the most intimate moments of his life and does so with such amazing clarity and clear delineations of characters that you are drawn in from the moment it starts until the end.... full review
CLAIRE MIA HESTER certified reviewer June 13, 2014
A heartwarming and hysterically funny show that takes you through the life of Mike Cline. From Texas and Jesus to New York and Broadway, laughter and tears, I compel you watch Open Mike. Beautiful original songs that I hope to see on Broadway one day, Mike voice is stunning and powerful - but don't forget there are ton of laughs too. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!!... full review
FRED HARRIS certified reviewer June 14, 2014
Humor, talent, and wit will not be hampered by the challenges a quixotic Universe throw at Mike Cline. Make no mistake, the Universe has been determined to hamper through circumstance, heritage, and surprise twists. Mike Cline proves that the challenges might be deftly met with those tools. ... full review
RICK RUIZ June 14, 2014
In Open Mike, created by and starring Michael Cline, the star pulls his life and his heart right out of his chest and lays it bare for everyone to see. In this truly memorable performance, Cline uses his razor sharp wit and his considerable physical presence to help us understand how a life that could easily have gone astray or ended early has instead become a gem that we can all appreciate. Cline doesn't hold back any of painful or ugly parts of his life, but shows them off like a man who can appreciate that all these warts and beauty marks are what make him who he is. I highly recommend this show as a fine piece of personal theater that should satisfy your hunger for something real and meaningful. ... full review
DANIELLE HOBBS June 15, 2014
tagged as: FANTASTICAL!
"OPEN MiIKE," is a Fabulous Fantastical experience! Filled with LOL, on every level, Michael uplifts you and inspires you to live your masterpiece story called, life on every level possible. "OPEN MIKE," is truly Live, LOL, Love, Die and REPEAT! Thank you Michael for this great amazing work and sharing it with everyone to enjoy.;) You are the Master of your Universe! and Beyond;) Danielle Hobbs... full review
JEREMY RABB certified reviewer June 28, 2014
Great show. Definitely worth checking out!... full review
Open Mike never fails to tug on the heart strings. His story is one that many will be able to relate to, yet its also a unique one to be heard. Mike has taken all the potential negatives in his life and turned them into a gem of a one-man show. Cline has proved that he is a survivor and allows himself to truly relive his life story, which makes for the most compelling experience. But, that's not all. While it could potentially be a very depressing narrative, Cline brings in his own unique personality to keep the audience laughing, as well as feeling the tender moments. Director Randy Brenner keeps the show moving with often clever and interesting staging, also including some fantastic musical numbers that easily meld into the story. Th... full review
Don't miss this one person show. Mike"s talent combines, song, dance and character portrayal in an extraordinarily moving autobiography that will astound you. This performance is both entertaining and profound. I love the opening number especially but all are excellent. A must see.... full review

In Conclusion:

They have it all: cash, charm, and connections. Playing by different rules. So when a boy is found dead and two more stand to hang, justice is under the microscope and we have to ask: how did we get here, where are we going and do we have a choice?


A musical memoir by Lisa Verlo directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson. "Connecting to the audience on an almost cellular level… Lisa is fierce, brave, wise and absolutely hilarious…Bravo!" Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros NoHo Arts District