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So Here's The Deal
a One Man Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Bob Bergen

COMPANY : Bob Bergen [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Basement Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 3191

SHOWING : October 17, 2008 - October 17, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The story of a nice Jewish boy who wanted to be Porky Pig.


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Himself Bob Bergen
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You don't have to be Jewish to love Bergen
by Rockdale Writer
Sunday, October 19, 2008
4.0
When Hollywood, California resident—and, not incidentally, THE voice of Porky Pig for the last 20 years—Bob Bergen hit the ATL in March he taught a two-day voice-over workshop which I visited at the invitation of his producer and my friend Marian Massaro. One of the techniques I heard him explain is physicalize the character. Scrunch. Make faces. Gesture. Cavort. Expend the kind of energy a marathon runner would envy.

And last Friday night Bergen did all those things, which explains how a one-man show can fill the stage with so many characters there isn’t room for another actor.

The script of “So” (sprinkled with sound effects, executed flawlessly by The Basement Theatre’s techie) took us from Bergen’s childhood home in Cinncinati, Ohio to a Hollywood meeting with his idol Mel Blanc of Looney Toons fame and through his ongoing adventures in animation (which can get a little blue, but we’re all adults here).

By alternately deploying the helpless appeal of Porky, the cynicism of Bugs Bunny and the energy of the Tasmanian Devil, Bergen went beyond giving impressions of people—he became them. The result was a rapid-fire series of punchlines, highlighted by a hysterical look at his first day as a Universal Studios tour guide in which everything that could go wrong, did.

Throughout, Bergen employed equal parts chutzpah and humility to tell the tale of an American dream come true.

And best of all? His curtain speech is "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!"



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