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The Banana Monologues 

When: Sun., May 29, 5:30 p.m. and Thu., June 2, 10 p.m. 2011
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Price: $16
www.piccolospoleto.com
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Love and sex are messy. One of the most popular shows of Piccolo Fringe and the annual Charleston Comedy Festival, Banana Monologues is a fast-paced, slightly dirty, very funny solo performance by John Brennan. He tells his side as "the banana's point of view."

There's hilarity in heartbreak. Written by Brennan and Theatre 99's Jason Cooper and directed by Mary Cimino, this monologue chronicles a tumultuous relationship with a foxy lady who takes a poor, sometimes clueless fella on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Brennan's animated style is expressive and dynamic enough to spark laughter from even the bleakest testimonials. Now based in New York City, Brennan first started taking improv classes at Theatre 99 in 2003, and he quickly established himself a one of the theater's main players.

True story. Sparked by true events, the show is based on a diary by Gus Weiderman (Brennan) about his five-year relationship with Alexis. Anyone who's experienced the horrible ups and downs of a lousy romance can easily relate.

— T. Ballard Lesemann

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