The Fourth Wall Presents...

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Friday January 26, 2018 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Lilypad 1353 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02139  (map)


Written ​& ​Improvised ​by ​Peter ​Michael ​Marino

Directed ​by ​Michole ​Biancosino ​& ​the ​audience

★★★★​ ​“​Hilarious​!​ ​Marino​ ​has​ ​created​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​hour of​ ​entertainment​ ​by​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​overplayed​ ​solo​ ​show format​ ​and​ ​fashioning​ ​an​ ​improvised​ ​comedy​ ​routine that​ ​works​ ​all​ ​the​ ​better​ ​for​ ​the​ ​audience’s​ ​connection to​ ​the​ ​source​ ​material.”​ ​-​ ​Broadway​ ​Baby,​ ​Edinburgh

What ​is ​Show ​Up?

"Show Up" is Peter Michael Marino's international, critically acclaimed, semi-improvised/semi-scripted show that's based on the crazy real-life experiences of the audience - who also control the set and sound. The show played to sold out houses at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, as well as a 15-month run in NYC. The show plays Buffalo and Toronto in December 2017.

★★★★★​ ​“​A​ ​spot​ ​on​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​‘let’s​ ​have​ ​fun’​ ​that​ ​works​ ​on​ ​so​ ​many​ ​levels.​ ​ ​Marino takes​ ​the​ ​old​ ​saw​ ​of​ ​using​ ​our​ ​suggestions​ ​to​ ​plot​ ​out​ ​an​ ​improvised​ ​story.​ ​ ​But​ ​that’s just​ ​the​ ​icing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​cake.​ ​Prior​ ​to​ ​that,​ ​he​ ​ushers​ ​us​ ​down​ ​an​ ​autobiographical​ ​lane​ ​that is​ ​both​ ​hilarious​ ​and​ ​sincere.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​ ​the​ ​cowardly​ ​lion​ ​–​ ​but​ ​he’s​ ​the​ ​one​ ​who​ ​has​ ​his courage​ ​back​ ​because​ ​he’s​ ​up​ ​there​ ​on​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​about​ ​to​ ​fly​ ​without​ ​a​ ​net.​ ​”​ ​ ​-​ ​Front Row​ ​Center



Pete​ ​is​ ​a​ ​NYC-based​ ​performer​ ​who​ ​has​ ​been​ ​writing,​ ​directing,​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​producing solo​ ​shows​ ​for​ ​over​ ​25​ ​years.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​best​ ​known​ ​for​ ​his​ ​critically​ ​acclaimed​ ​solo​ ​show Desperately​ ​Seeking​ ​the​ ​Exit​,​ ​which​ ​chronicled​ ​ ​the​ ​making​ ​and​ ​unmaking​ ​of​ ​his​ ​West End​ ​flop​ ​Desperately​ ​Seeking​ ​Susan​.​ ​Pete​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​see​ ​what​ ​would​ ​happen​ ​if​ ​he​ ​just showed​ ​up​ ​at​ ​a​ ​theater​ ​and​ ​created​ ​a​ ​solo​ ​show​ ​on​ ​the​ ​spot.​ ​The​ ​result​ ​is​ ​Show​ ​Up, which​ ​began​ ​performances​ ​in​ ​2016​ ​at​ ​Under​ ​St.​ ​Marks​ ​and​ ​then​ ​played​ ​The​ ​People’s Improv​ ​Theater​ ​before​ ​receiving​ ​raves​ ​at​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​Orlando​ ​International​ ​Fringe​ ​Festival. He​ ​performed​ ​the​ ​show​ ​in​ ​July​ ​2017​ ​ ​to​ ​sold​ ​out​ ​crowds​ ​at​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​East​ ​to​ ​Edinburgh festival​ ​at​ ​59E59​ ​Street​ ​Theater.​ ​The​ ​show​ ​made​ ​its​ ​2017​ ​Edinburgh​ ​Festival​ ​Fringe premiere​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Counting​ ​House​ ​and​ ​received​ ​5-star​ ​reviews​ ​and​ ​sold​ ​out​ ​houses.​ ​The show​ ​played ​NYC​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fall​ ​2017.​ ​ ​Paper​ ​products​ ​used​ ​in​ ​the​ ​show​ ​are​ ​generously provided​ ​by​ ​corporate​ ​sponsor​ ​Post-It​ ​Notes/3M.



Peter Michael Marino is an award-winning solo show teacher, director, producer and performer. He’s the creator and co-producer of SOLOCOM, which has launched over 400 world-premiere, international solo comedies at The People’s Improv Theater. His long-running solo comedy Desperately Seeking the Exit chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop Desperately Seeking Susan; receiving 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe, and a London transfer. His 2015 solo chat show spoof, Late with Lance! played NYC, London, Buffalo, Orlando, Hollywood and the Edinburgh Fringe. Pete’s production company PM2 Entertainment recently presented the NYC debut of Joe's NYC Bar, two encore performances of David Mills: Shame! at Pangea, LA comedy duo Moby Alpha, and the acclaimed solo show hit David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet in NYC, Edinburgh and Chicago. Peter is an adjunct professor in sketch comedy at Pace University.

Why The Fourth Wall loves "Show Up" and why you should see it:

We've seen a lot of one man shows and there are some things that are the same across the board with them. Pete has performed a lot of solo shows - so now he's going to have fun with all those solo show things

We're all about audience participation, but our favorite kind of audience participation is the kind that makes the audience feel safe and taken care of. Pete is a master at this. You'll find yourself talking about a memory from your childhood that you haven't talked of in years and yet you still feel safe doing so. Later, he'll weave that memory into an improvised show and you'll find yourself utterly delighted in the results.

If you've never seen a one man show, this is a wonderful place to start - it's fun, exciting, thoughtful, and completely unexpected. If you've seen more than your fill of one man shows, this is perfect for you. You'll fall in love with the medium again as you see it in a whole new light.

Yes! The Fourth Wall is performing, too!

In addition to kicking the evening off with a short performance, we'll be participating in our own unique way in "Show Up"... but we won't spoil it for you. Come see the shenanigans!

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