Common Theater Company in association with Annoyance Productions presents 58! A Comedy about Bike Messengessengering as part of the 10th annual New York International Fringe Festival.
Direct from Second City Chicago's Unhinged Series and the Annoyance Theatre, 58! is the story of bike courier Telly Mimosa, also known as messenger number 58, as he dodges abusive security guards, bullying buses, Segway cops and street weirdos. In this dangerous vocation, Telly is forced to face his own humanity as the rest of the world stands defiantly in his bike's path. He gets a second wind from a strangely hopeful receptionist who helps him see people instead of pedestrians. This new path is even more treacherous because now he must choose between a fixed life as a name or the break-neck life as a number. Performed at the pace of a hot, direct delivery, this is the semi-autobiographical story of Tony Mendoza's life as musician and messenger.
Tony Mendoza, Thea Lux, Alex Fox, Andy Hobgood, and Dan Jessup perform 58! The show is directed by Patrick McKenna of Second City Chicago. Original music is written and performed by Tony Mendoza.
"It's strong, droll, Annoyance-style material and rippling with potential. And as such, this 70-minute show is well worth seeing. Especially if you ride a bike in the city."
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"Mendoza has a cheerfully hangdog mien that gives an extra lift to some of his best putdowns, and there are some killer lines in the show ... [His] stage presence is unique and appealing throughout, and he offers a sardonic glimpse into the subculture of bike messengers."
- Nina Metz, New City * Recommended
"...Tony Mendoza has a great handle on the comic contradictions of the typical two-wheeled warrior's goofy/grave persona, and is immensely watchable as the anchor of this urban picaresque. His supporting cast of seasoned sketch and improv players handily flesh out a rogues' gallery of asshole grotesques, and director Pat McKenna keeps things ticking along at a steady clip."
- Brian Nemtusak, Chicago Reader
"[Mendoza] and his ensemble enlist their most extreme comedic impulses to pull off an impressive character span."
- Steve Heisler, TimeOut Chicago * Recommended
Saturday, August 12 @ 7pm
Sunday, August 13 @ 11:15pm
Thursdya, August 17 @ 9:30pm
Friday, August 18 @ 3pm
Saturday, August 19 @ 3pm
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