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Piccolo Fringe: Man 1, Bank 0 

When: Fri., June 4, 8:30-9:45 p.m., Sat., June 5, 8:30-9:45 p.m., Wed., June 9, 8:30-9:45 p.m., Thu., June 10, 8:30-9:45 p.m., Fri., June 11, 8:30-9:45 p.m. and Sat., June 12, 8:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $16/advance, $15/door

The amazing-but-true story of how Patrick Combs deposited a $95,093.35 junk-mail check marked "non-negotiable" and how it erupted into a staggering and funny David vs. Goliath-like adventure. Part of Piccolo Fringe at Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

On the money
When Patrick Combs deposited a junk check for a lark, he didn't think it was a big deal. But the bank gave him the $95,000, and when he didn't give it straight back, they came down on him hard. This led to threats of a prison sentence and even death from berserk banking officials, legal wrangling, and global media coverage. Combs turned his strange journey through the labyrinthine world of modern banking into a solo play. Seven years after the incident, he's making a really big deal out of his experience, honing his show into a raucously funny piece of theater performed Off-Broadway and internationally

It moves fast
Although this is a simple tale of a bank begging for its money back, Combs packs enough chaos into 90 minutes to keep the pace up. The only thing that could slow it down is the laughter — at an Asheville, N.C., gig, the show lasted an extra half hour because people laughed so much.

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Man 1 Bank 0 was a sold-out hit at the 2005 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. We gave it a critic's choice award and said, "With well-played villains and heroes, Man 1 is something of a comic reworking of David versus Goliath, or even, maybe, 1984 ... More than simply a good story with jokes and drama, Patrick Combs' one-man show has something to say about the crazy idealist notion of being decent and human."

— Nick Smith


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