The Narcissist Next Door

comedy · table of fun productions · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 19, 2019 original article
tagged as: funny · Sitcom

What I liked

Having lived in Hollywood many years, I can recall meeting many narcissists, in fact this town breeds them. In Ellen Buckley’s humorous sitcom, it starts in photographer Sebastian’s apartment, when his gal-pal Kate, a struggling playwright, drops by. Like in a Seinfeld episode, there is a knock at the door and in roars their high-spirited, loquacious neighbor Tony. From the moment he enters, actor Luca Malacrino dashes off with the play. He is dynamic, energetic and the more he brags of his accomplishments the more one suspects this Tony is a fantasist as well as a narcissist. When the beleaguered characters attempt to escape to Mexico, Tony is right there and, when danger lurks, turns out he’s the man who can handle any situation. This turnaround gave the play a delightful contemporary meaning – never underestimate the power of a fool!

What I didn't like

The final action came out of left field and left me baffled.

My overall impression

The actor portraying the neighbor from hell actually makes the looney guy very likable… to the audience that is!

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