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Tameka Cottle

In Fort Lauderdale, Toby Flenderson is a rock star

In Fort Lauderdale, Toby Flenderson is a rock star

No matter how much abuse was heaped upon him on the TV hit “The Office,” Toby Flenderson never endured the indignities suffered by alter ego Paul Lieberstein in the opening scenes of his dark comedy “Song of Back and Neck,” so wracked by back pain that he showers, dresses and eats his morning cereal prone on the floor.

After a nine-year run on “The Office” as writer, showrunner and in the role of Dunder-Mifflin’s hapless human-resources representative, filmmaker Lieberstein typecasts himself in “Song of Back and Neck” as Fred, a pleasant but similarly disregarded nebbish, divorced and living alone under the constant threat of another strike of incapacitating pain.

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