Paul Stroili’s Award-Winning Solo Show, Straight Up with a Twist
enjoyed nearly 1,400 performances nationwide,
culminating in a twice-extended Off-Broadway run in 2009
The production was produced by

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THE NEW YORK POST
“Stroili renders these caricatures with great comic brio… when he plays himself the show is most engaging… infused with hilarious one-liners …the droll, affable Stroili, who makes a metrosexual seem macho, seems so genuinely happy in his own skin that he made me want to upgrade my wardrobe.”

THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“The tone is tart, self-effacing and affectionate – the best moments come as quiet little zingers… a funny and likable self-portrait of a boy who grew up to accept the man, warts and thread-count obsessions and all.”

THE HUFFINGTON POST
“Stroili spins adolescent angst into comic gold… a laugh riot — the one-liners come fast and furious.”

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
“A very funny one-man show… Stroili is good as a physical comedian, doing all the oddball characters, but moves a step or two higher on the funny ladder with his verbal humor.”


THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“The talented and sophisticated Stroili hilariously embodies all the characters in his vibrant life… (his) solo performance is engaging, thoughtful and full of rich humor… a blend of Tim Allen and Woody Allen…”


THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Stroili smoothly moves between past and present, easily switching genders, ages and attitudes… a humorous odyssey…(This) comic is a Geek God!”


ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
“Brilliant… A cult hit… “Straight Up” works for all the right reasons… Stroili’s creation is remarkably poised, well-oiled and balanced… impressively detailed comic characterizations… he plays his audience with an expert’s ease… you owe it to yourself to see Stroili’s one man show…”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
(This) show is funny, and quite charming… People like it… Stroili is a far smarter and more literate writer than most… His well-crafted characters are vividly realized… it feels good to laugh at (this) stuff.”

LA WEEKLY
“Richly Comic, Zinger Lines! Theatre Pick of the Week!”

OVATION NOMINATION: LA STAGE ALLIANCE
Paul Stroili: Best Solo Performance of the Year

LA WEEKLY AWARD NOMINEE
Paul Stroili: Best Solo Performance of the Year

OC WEEKLY AWARD WINNER
Paul Stroili: Best Solo Performance of the Year

LA WEEKLY AWARD NOMINEE
Bill Penton: Best Direction

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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60 second TV Commercial (From Players Theatre, Off- Broadway – 2009)