Reviews & Press


The Munro Review-Fresno California“I’ve seen many, many one-person autobiographical shows over 20 years of Rogues, and this is one of the best: funny, inspiring, touching, and infused with gentle warmth.”

King’s River Life-Fresno California“Keith’s stage presence is warm and engaging and his storytelling is captivating.”

Times Square Chronicles -New York City“…a deep-felt show by writer/actor Keith Alessi.”

Saskatoon StarPhoenix“…an inspiring story told with near-flawless delivery.”

Broadway Baby Edinburgh:"This unique story, told through humour and music, is an engaging and uplifting experience worthy of a TedTalk, or at least a standing ovation in front of the telly."

British Theatre Guide:"....a heart-warming show which is much needed at present."

CBC Calgary:"The banjos represent a life he wasn't born into, but a life he chose for himself"

Calgary Herald:"There is a twinkle in Alessi’s eyes that is both charming and disarming"

Winnipeg Free Press: "Alessi’s inspirational and compelling tale will pluck at your heartstrings, clawhammer style."

Edmonton Journal:"It has all the hallmarks of an uplifting tale..."

Daze Magazine:"In the sea of what seems like a high amount of  one-person shows at this year’s Fringe, here’s one to put high on your list"

My Entertainment World: (Toronto)"Keith Alessi’s well-structured one-man show about following your passion is honestly delivered with a certain folksy charm I didn’t expect to find in a former top executive."

Vancouver Presents:"Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is an intimate and affecting show."

Fringe Review - Regina:"He performs with a genuine passion – the man sure loves his banjos! The message of the show is positive and inspiring, and is delivered in a compelling manner." - Vancouver:"Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life is a show in the true spirit of Fringe. The performance will put a smile on your face, leaving you glad and happy."