Keith Alessi in Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life. Photo by Erika Conway.
Keith Alessi in Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life. Photo by Erika Conway.

The title of this show implies a quirky and maybe even ridiculous performance. Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise.

Keith Alessi brings a simple but powerful presence to the stage with just himself and a few banjos. He tells his story of leaving his high-profile marketing executive job for the pursuit of his musical passion and how banjos quite literally saved his life, getting him through difficult years and a major health issue.

Alessi weaves his journey through beautiful banjo playing, personal and vulnerable storytelling, and some great banjo jokes. Tightly constructed, Alessi makes storytelling look easy.

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is funny, beautiful, and deeply affecting. This is an important story to remind us that life is short and pursuing your passion(s) can save your life.

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life continues at the Carousel Theatre For Young People on Granville Island as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.