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Based on The Comedy of Errors, 15 Villainous Fools is a classic tale of twins separated at sea who run into love triangles and lawsuits, crazy sisters and a dangerous doctor as they try to reconnect with their lost family and sort out the nonsense. With the help of puppets, a makeshift nunnery, and a variety of musical and dance numbers, these two ladies tell the improbable story with humor, Nerf guns, and just a touch of lunacy.
New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
When Lacey, a ballerina at the peak of her career, finds out she's pregnant, a new neighbor moves next door that changes the course of her life altogether.
About Rosalind's journey for identity, love, and home, and those she meets along the way
About Shakespeare Sports: All actors know their roles, which include only their lines and their cues. There is a prompter on stage. Actors know the arc and have had some rehearsal for the arc of the play and the cues of scenes, but the form has an improvisational aspect in that actors need to be open to finding who they are talking to, so that the actors are discovering the story as the actors are discovering the story. Based on Patrick Tucker's book Secrets of Acting Shakespeare and his company Original Shakespeare Company.
Two one-act plays to round out your education.
The evening begins with the Christopher Durang classic Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. Before there was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, before Betty's Summer Vacation and Beyond Therapy, there was Sister Mary, the nun who teaches grade school and explained how life works. Four of them return to present the Christmas pageant for Sister Mary, but one of them has something else in mind. Don't worry, Sister Mary surely has something up her sleeve.
We complete the evening with The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco. One of the greatest writers of the French avant-garde, and author of Rhinoceros and The Bald Soprano, we are pleased to present one of his early works. An absurd but terrifying private lesson in "New Spanish" and obedience unfolds as a student comes to the home of the Professor. Slowly, the position of power and author devour the humanity and a grotesque lesson is learned.
Following news of their brilliant but estranged father's stroke, Mychal reluctantly returns to their childhood home in Oxford, Mississippi. Upon arrival, they are confronted by a community grappling with death, love, scientific legacy, identity, and a few old ghosts. With its blend of realism and the supernatural, False Stars is a darkly humorous modern take on the Southern Gothic drama—in which strained relationships, covert queer love triangles, and notebooks of mysterious origin lurk around every corner.
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
On the eve of Mary-Beth's eighteenth birthday (and first professional porn shoot), her role model Chantal returns to Miami to reclaim her throne as queen of amateur porn. With former-star Gen now a 23-year-old has-been, the path appears clear...until new girl Thelma turns out to be more talented than she looks. Gonzo isn't your mother's living-room dramedy – it's a clash over who's really in charge of what gets filmed and who gets screwed.
Barry Weiss is a hotshot broker — smart, tough, and arrogant. When Barry needs a new heart, he descends into a comically callous world of inept doctors and hard-bitten nurses. Shortly after receiving a transplant, he finds that everything feels radically wrong, including emotions of kindness and compassion. In an effort to find out why, he tracks down the widow of his heart donor and begins a journey of discovery into the real meaning of his new heart.
TBH high school is v v v hard, especially if you're a witch! Liana, Naomi, Rachel, and Trina form a coven to cope with the pressures of being a teenage girl, like finding the perfect homecoming dress, locating a suitable familiar, and something more sinister -- reporting sexual assault within the education system. Join us for this dark comedy about female friendship and the art of magick!
Hi-Excellent Productions presents two one-acts by NYC playwright Edward Allan Baker:
DOLORES Dolores flees her abusive husband, clinging to the hope that her sister Sandra can give her the strength she can't find in herself. Sandra is not putting up with this s**t today.
LILA ON THE WALL A woman thought she saw Jesus in a graffiti-covered sea wall three months ago, and now reporter Lila and TV photographer Carl are back on the scene to cover the story — but the story's a dud. Unable to back out, Lila barrels ahead without a plan until they go live.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Five people wait in line for an unknown event, each trying to get to the front. Through their shoving and conniving, Line dramatizes the absurdity of everyday life.
The length of the show's run is a testament to its interminable relevance. Line has been running — or rather, standing and waiting — since 1967. Among those stuck in the original production was Richard Dreyfuss, then almost as unknown as the event his character awaited. Today the rotating cast continues to feature emerging young actors. Tradition also lives on in the play's director, Jay Michaels; he studied with Carol Ilson, who directed Line in 1974. The playwright is still Israel Horovitz.
The Duke of Vienna's puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws about sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio's sister Isabella pleads his case...and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems. Shakespeare's dark comedy examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands.
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
From the mind of Erica Vlahinos, Power Over POTUS is a gossip-fueled political comedy that spills true tales of women getting frisky in the situation room, using whips in the West Wing, and having romps in the White House Rose Garden. These ladies — including blackmailing female athletes, models, actors, and scandal-inducing staff — may not have acted first lady-like, but they exercised a big influence on politics. In Power Over POTUS, a certain former intern receives an invitation back to the Oval Office 20 years after her time there. While pondering the offer, she seeks guidance from the spirits of women who once stood in her shoes.
Saturday at 6pm: the perfect time to get your jaded mind blown by four improv ensembles. Will the neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you?
The Rundown features different groups at each performance that unite veteran performers with up-and-comers ready to bring it.
This show is part of an afternoon and evening of shows. The actors use scrolls for each scene, which have each actor's cues and lines, giving actors and the audience an improvisational experience throughout the scenes.
Scenes from Shakespeare comedies (mostly) include:
- Act 1, Scene 2 from A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Act 2, Scene 2 from The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Winter's Tale
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Comedy of Errors
Too Naked Too Soon, a vaudeville-inspired new musical by Harrison Beck, follows two strivers on a gleeful musical romp through a night of New York City dating douchebaggery. Performed as part of the FailSafe Festival 2017 at the Grand Theater at The Producers' Club.
Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) team up with Magnet Theater veteran Leslie Korein to form a brand-new improv trio with one purpose: rockin' a seamless, high-energy, character-driven, free-form improv set every week.
Uncle Function will introduce a series of brand new sketches at their upcoming comedy show Uncle Function Is Summer!
Uncle Function is a sketch comedy group based in New York City. It was formed in 2015 by Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport (Godspell, Spring Awakening). Uncle Function is written by and features Chris Cafero (The Night Of), Russell Daniels (That Bachelorette Show), Jessica Frey (The Characters), Douglas Goodhart (lead singer of Douglas and The Goodharts), and Gianmarco Soresi (GE commercial guy).
A comedy of honor, Ana Caro's 17th-century play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women, in a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan. The play is considered especially remarkable because of its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor, in a storyline whose happy ending finds a woman having solved her own misfortune without the help of a man.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.