BWW Reviews: Patrick Combs' MAN 1 BANK 0 is Fascinating and Funny
The first thing Patrick Combs wants you to know about MAN 1 BANK 0 is that he is not actor. The story he tells is true. And what a story it is! It all starts when he, as a joke, endorses a get rich quick scheme's check for $95,093.35 with a smiley face and deposits it using an ATM machine. The little, laughable prank ends up taking Patrick Combs on a wildly hilarious ride through banking law and policies as he searches for someone within the company who will politely admit to him that his bank simply made a mistake. Over the course of the 90-minute show, Patrick Combs has the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter and clinging to every word in his fascinating tale of taking his bank by the balls and pushing them to their boiling point to uphold their customer service guarantee.
As the show begins, the first thing that becomes immediately apparent is that Patrick Combs has a winning combination of energy and comedic timing. His personality is genial and effortlessly engages the audience. With his wit and charisma, he makes every moment of his one-man show worth $95,093.35. Most importantly, Patrick Combs doesn't just tell his story; he brings the audience into his story. Within the intimate setting of Obsidian Art Space, he interacts with the gathered crowd and makes us participants in his fun and funny tale.
Through the laughable turmoil and chaos that surrounds Patrick Combs' prank gone awry, it becomes abundantly clear that money truly talks. When $95,093.35 is on the line, people are willing to listen. Patrick Combs' animated on-stage presence, his friendly demeanor, and his unique experience keeps us on The Edge of our seats and attending to every rich word. If you're looking for an entertaining night of laughs and a story where the little man bests the big company, then Theater LaB Houston and Patrick Combs have your golden ticket!
Patrick Combs' Regional Premiere of MAN 1 BANK 0, presented by Theater LaB Houston, plays Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Boulevard, Houston, 77007 now through November 17, 2013. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. For tickets and more information please visit http://www.theaterlabhouston.com or call (713) 868-7516.
Photos courtesy of http://www.man1bank0.com.