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Best Second Banana

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Imagine a backup singer with stronger pipes than the lead vocalist, and you get a sense of JOHN BENZINGER's scene-stealing work in supporting roles. He finds hilarious details in modest parts, such as the self-inflated writing professor in Synchronicity Performance Group's Hard Feelings or a dimwitted detective in Theatre Gael's A Skull in Connemara (who smokes with one hand and uses an asthma inhaler with the other). And he showed impressive range when paired with Matt Myers for VisionQuest's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead -- the quintessential play about the pitfalls of being a bit player.

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