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Mike Birbiglia brings his coming-of-middle-age story, The Old Man & The Pool
, to Broadway this fall, and Variety
says "you'll never want him to shut up!"
Award-winning comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to Broadway this fall with a tale of life, death, and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. Birbiglia takes the stage at the esteemed Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to chronicle his coming-of-middle-age story that asks the big questions: Why are we here? What’s next? What happens when the items at the doctor’s office that you thought were decorative become functional? The Old Man and the Pool
, which played to sold-out houses in Berkeley, Chicago, and Los Angeles, resonates with audiences ages 12 to 112. It’s a hilarious reminder for all of us recovering from failing bodies and a flailing world that laughter is indeed the best medicine.
“Grade A! The artful storyteller Mike Birbiglia is Excellent at his craft, and in The Old Man and the Pool
, the comedian is at the top of his game. I felt connected to him. Hilarious observations unfold into tales that are charming and gripping. You never feel like he’s performing a bit, but rather like you’re throwing back a beer with your funniest friend.” - Entertainment Weekly
“Rich thematic material, refracted through a precise comic mind.” - Los Angeles Times
“The core of Mike Birbiglia’s charm is, he’s favorite-pair-of-jeans comfortable, and remarkably skilled at finding profundity in subjects well within arm’s reach. The Old Man and the Pool
feels like catching up with an old friend – you never want him to shut up.” – Variety
“A galvanic, endearing and very funny meditation on mortality...Old Man
marks an evolution point for Birbiglia’s comedic style – the show deftly uses comedy as a deep dive, demonstrating that when you stop thrashing around and exist in the moment – you float.” - ChicagoSun Times