Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando

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Set under the white-hot glare of Hollywood and Celebrity, "Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando" tells the story of Marlon Brando's troubled, headline-making son…in his own words. Written by Champ Clark and featuring John Mese as Christian, this 59-minute one-act--based on personal interviews conducted by Clark and populated by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Anjelica Huston, Robert Blake and others--is, most importantly, the story of father and son. Says Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley: "Champ Clark's play is a burning jewel. John Mese is mesmerizing. A rare theatre experience where the magic shimmers.”

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“As a theatrical triumph, "Wild Son" is 100%! RUN, don't walk. Mese is a captivating, enthralling, and a bewitching actor who casts a spell over the audience with his storytelling. You do not have to be a fan of the Brando Family to be enthralled by this production, go for the stellar acting and quality writing/directing” - Broadway World

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


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This well-acted, well-written one-hander tells Christian's side of the story, and it is quite a remarkable, tortured tale...

And like his father, what a story Christian had to tell, which Mese convincingly, movingly unravels in about an hour.

Wild Son is a must see for fans of Marlon and those fascinated by his legendary life. I don't know how interesting it will be for those not entranced by the Brando lore, but theatergoers who enjoy the one-man show format, powerful acting and storytelling will probably get much out of it, too.

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


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Mese, in a riveting one-hour solo performance, sits, or moves around the stage effectively while constantly sipping canned beer. He does a sterling job of acting out Christian's tragic story, his rebellion and fractured relationship with his father...

This is an exceptionally well-written 59-minute one-act piece based on personal interviews conducted by writer Champ Clark, and it is superbly performed and super-charged by John Mese. Highly recommended!

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - LA Splash - ...read full review


Stephen Fife

Throughout the ups and downs of this picaresque adventure, one thing is constant: John Mese's performance. This well-traveled TV character actor (recurring on Profiler and American Gothic, guesting on X-Files, CSI, Sex and The City and many others) proves that he has serious acting chops, and I highly recommend his performance to those who appreciate superior live stage work.

sweet - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Actor, John Mese delivers the narrative with confident, self-deprecating humor and earnest conviction...

This is a story worth knowing–and a play worth seeing.

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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I recently had the opportunity to see a stunning one-act play, Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando, at Santa Monica Playhouse with a riveting performance by actor John Mese. The show runs through Sunday, May 26th, and I can't recommend it highly enough...

John Mese keeps your rapt attention from beginning to end.

sweet - Chaz Ebert - RogerEbert.com - ...read full review


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“As a theatrical triumph, "Wild Son" is 100%! RUN, don't walk. Mese is a captivating, enthralling, and a bewitching actor who casts a spell over the audience with his storytelling. You do not have to be a fan of the Brando Family to be enthralled by this production, go for the stellar acting and quality writing/directing” - Broadway World

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


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This well-acted, well-written one-hander tells Christian's side of the story, and it is quite a remarkable, tortured tale...

And like his father, what a story Christian had to tell, which Mese convincingly, movingly unravels in about an hour.

Wild Son is a must see for fans of Marlon and those fascinated by his legendary life. I don't know how interesting it will be for those not entranced by the Brando lore, but theatergoers who enjoy the one-man show format, powerful acting and storytelling will probably get much out of it, too.

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


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Mese, in a riveting one-hour solo performance, sits, or moves around the stage effectively while constantly sipping canned beer. He does a sterling job of acting out Christian's tragic story, his rebellion and fractured relationship with his father...

This is an exceptionally well-written 59-minute one-act piece based on personal interviews conducted by writer Champ Clark, and it is superbly performed and super-charged by John Mese. Highly recommended!

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - LA Splash - ...read full review


Stephen Fife

Throughout the ups and downs of this picaresque adventure, one thing is constant: John Mese's performance. This well-traveled TV character actor (recurring on Profiler and American Gothic, guesting on X-Files, CSI, Sex and The City and many others) proves that he has serious acting chops, and I highly recommend his performance to those who appreciate superior live stage work.

sweet - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Actor, John Mese delivers the narrative with confident, self-deprecating humor and earnest conviction...

This is a story worth knowing–and a play worth seeing.

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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I recently had the opportunity to see a stunning one-act play, Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando, at Santa Monica Playhouse with a riveting performance by actor John Mese. The show runs through Sunday, May 26th, and I can't recommend it highly enough...

John Mese keeps your rapt attention from beginning to end.

sweet - Chaz Ebert - RogerEbert.com - ...read full review