Sharing a few choice words with John Brennan

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In this week’s paper, I wrote about one of this year’s dominant trends: The monologue. I think the simple efficiency of these shows will go a long way toward defining Spoleto 2010.

For Charleston audiences, one of the most familiar monologues is the Banana Monologues, performed by John Brennan. The Theatre 99 regular moved to New York last year, where he works as a caterer when he’s not taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He’s returned for Piccolo Spoleto with his classic show, although he’s taken on a new character; Camille Lowman plays his ex, Alexis.

We caught up with John between shows. He has two more left before heading back to Brooklyn — on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. and June 12 at 8 p.m. at the American Theater.

CP: What inspired you to change things up?
JB: I wanted to add a second character, because it helps give the female character more depth.

CP: How have your fans reacted?
JB: The audience has enjoyed it. When it’s a one-man, it’s a confessional. Now, the show seems more like a he said/she said.

CP: What’s the Charleston draw?
JB: I like to try out new things and new shows in front of Charleston’s audience, because the public comes out, it’s a thrill to perform in a fun place!

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