by Alyse Mier June 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Die Die Die, photo by Ben Johnson

An “improvised slasher movie” is on its way to a 14th Street theater.

The Washington Improv Theater will resurrect its horror flick parody “Die! Die! Die!” at Source (1835 14th St. NW) as part of its upcoming “Summer Camp” series of shows.

The show follows a group of teens spending their summer in the isolated Camp Crystal Lake. Naturally, the campers make typical horror movie mistakes like having sex and experimenting with drugs and are picked off one-by-one by a costumed killer. By the show’s end, only one camper lives to see the true identity of the murderer — or not, said Dan Miller, WIT’s external relations director. This is improv, after all.

“Sometimes we decide to flip the script and the sole survivor ends up dying,” Miller said. “There’s really no guaranteed happy ending.”

But this is not a graphic slasher flick, Miller added. “There’s never any blood or gore,” he explained. “We will tell you there is somebody whose guts are spilling out, but all you see is them making strange faces.”

The show is often just as much of a surprise for the actors as it is for the audience, Miller added.

“You step on stage and don’t know if you’re the killer or the first person to die,” said Miller, “We figure it out with the audience. Once we do, we own it.”

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by Tim Regan June 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Washington Improv Theater will perform the first show in its “Summer Love” series tonight at the DC Center for Arts in Adams Morgan.

Each weekend this month, one of the theater’s five improv ensembles will perform two shows per night on Friday and Saturday. The first show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the second show starts at 10 p.m.

The shows will be driven by audience prompts and improv games, says WIT artistic director Mark Chalfant. But don’t worry about being snatched from your seat and taken onstage, he adds.

“We’re not looking to embarrass anybody,” says Chalfant.

There will also be guest performances by an all-gay improv team, Ugh, as well as one of D.C.’s longest-running improv teams, The Lodge.

by Borderstan.com April 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

"FIST"

Washington Improv Theater is at the Source on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It is the final weekend for FIST  from the Washington Improv Theater at the Source (1835 14th Street NW). Improv is an “original act of art created in an instant and then gone forever.”

FIST — Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament –is an improv tournament, bracketed style. A total of 67 three-person teams have competed for four weeks and the final night is Saturday, April 13.

As the organizers explain, “With the suggestion of one word, actors spontaneously and skillfully craft the next several minutes with dialogue, movements and even silence. The key is listening for the cue for the next twist in the act. The give-and-take creates a sense of lightness, the unknown and absolute trust. Improv actors build a strong connection with one another and the audience.”

If you want to have fun and enjoy a great night of wonderful performances, don’t miss it.

The Details

  • What: FIST Final.
  • Where: The Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW.
  • When: Friday at 8 pm, Friends With Your Father vs. Self-improvement Seminar; Friday 10 pm, Thunderball vs. W.A.S.A.B.I.; Saturday at 8 pm, Semi-final GRAND SLAM match; and Saturday at 10 pm: The FINALS.
  • Tickets: Get them online.

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by Borderstan.com February 28, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,309 0

"Borderstan" "Charlie Visconage"

The Charlie Visconage Show runs weekly through March 22 at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at kate[AT]borderstan.com.

DC’s newest talk show host has variety in his blood. Charlie Visconage was introduced to improv comedy by a high school teacher, has dabbled in competitive ballroom dancing, is an amateur photographer and has an affection for comic books (Batman and Watchman, mostly).

Last October, he found himself unhappy at work (sales – hated it) and quit to clear his mind and get creative. He listened to some Chris Gethard and read The War For Late Night. Soon, an idea began to brew. After a push from mentor Topher Bellavia and a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, The Charlie Visconage Show was born – for a 10-week first run.

Every week, between now and March 22, 2012, the show will highlight area artists, musicians and all-around interesting people. Upcoming guests include Amy Saidman and James Alefantis (of Comet Ping Pong fame).  On March 15, the show will host an evening dedicated to sex and romance, with a burlesque dancer and a real-life “Hitch.”

When he’s not hamming it up, Charlie does have a day job, is big into old cars and patronizes local Borderstan haunts like The Standard, Church Key and Peregrine. No matter where he is, Charlie is always plotting his next move.

“The worst thing is a person who talks about things… and never does them.”

Something tells me Charlie is in the clear.

Go check out DC’s latest Conan and learn more about our local noteworthy talent on display each week.

The Charlie Visconage Show runs January 19, 2012 through March 22, 2012; shows are Thursday night at 10pm at the DC Arts Center.

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by Borderstan.com December 9, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

"Borderstan""Keegan" An Irish Carol

“An Irish Carol” runs through December 31 at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street. (Courtesy Keegan Theatre).

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Nothing to do this weekend? All your holiday party invites got stuck in your spam filter? The dog ate them after you brought the mail into the house? Take in a show at a local theater before last-minute Christmas shopping or heading out of town.

Another option: The Santaland Diaries runs at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Avenue NW, through December 24. Go to City Artistic Partnerships for show times and tickets. Look for Kate Hays’ review on Monday.

If you are in the mood for a holiday-related theme the Washington Improv Theater’s Seasonal Disaster runs through December 31 at the Source: “We’re putting together a hot mess of improv comedy just in time for the holidays. We know it’ll be improvised and will NOT exploit an injured orphan to invoke the spirit of holitimes charity and togetherness. Cuz that’s wrong.” (Source)

At the Lincoln, you can catch the Holiday Comedy Jam on Saturday, December 10.

Closing: This is your final chance to see The Golden Dragon at Studio Theatre; it closes this Sunday, December 11.

Full details below.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • An Irish Carol runs through December 31. “Set in a Dublin pub, this world premiere by Matthew Keenan is a homage to Dickens’ classic — told as only the Irish can. An Irish Carol follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve — challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in this present, and faced with the reality of lonely future – David’s life may change forever.  An Irish Carol is a modern fable, told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright – a new holiday tradition for Keegan audiences.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Seasonal Disaster runs through December 31. From the Washington Improv Theater: “We’re putting together a hot mess of improv comedy just in time for the holidays. We know it’ll be improvised and will NOT exploit an injured orphan to invoke the spirit of holitimes charity and togetherness. Cuz that’s wrong. Also: No dancing mice. Cuz that’s scary… and sort of gross.” (Source) Check back for times.
  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Overview: “Each week is a demonstration, celebration and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. All of the action is brought to life by WIT’s own Harold Teams right before your eyes.” (WIT)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • The Golden Dragon closes Sunday, December 11. “A kaleidoscopic look at a globalized world, this play by one of Germany’s most innovative and adventurous writers unfolds in brief and fierce comic scenes. Five actors cross age, race, and gender to play fifteen characters in this vicious, poetic, and surprisingly moving investigation of how intertwined our lives really are.” (Studio Theatre)
  • Bust runs through December 18. “With one foot in Hollywood and the other in jail, the former Daily Show correspondent careens wildly between the two worlds, taking us on a hilarious, poignant, and completely unforgettable ride.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The Kinsey Sicks in Oy Vey in a Manger, December 24-26. “America’s favorite Dragapella Beauty-Shop Quartet brings its irreverent humor and harmonies back to DC just in time for the holidays. With gut-busting parodies and raucous schtick, The Kinsey Sicks offers wholesome favorites like “I Had a Little Facial,” “Harried Little Christmas,” and “‘Tis the Season to Drink Stoli”! (Theater J)
  • The Religion Thing runs January 4-29: “”Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A brand new comedy about relationships, faith and the fine line between compromise and regret.” (Theater J)

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm 0

Source Theater, Washington Improv Theater, Fall Into WIT

“Fall Into WIT” runs through October 8 at the Source on 14th Street NW. (Image courtesy Washington Improv Theater)

You can catch shows at three of the five Borderstan-area theaters. If you want to catch Imagining Madoff, you have only a few days left — the Theater J show closes this Sunday, September 25.

On 14th Street, Fall Into WIT is running through October 8 at the Source — a great opportunity to see the Washington Improv Theater in action.

Full details for these two theaters plus the Keegan Theatre, Lincoln Theatre and the Studio Theatre below.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • The Crucible opens October 22 and runs through November 19. Overview: “Arthur Miller’s classic portrait of one man’s struggle toward grace is set in the scorching context of the 17th-Century Salem witch trials.” (Keegan)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • The Washington Improv Theater presents Fall Into WIT through October 8. Shows are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm; second shows Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 pm. Overview: “The sky is falling! Or is it the Dow? …Average earnings? Let’s see the bright side, folks: falling is fun! Wind in your hair, adrenaline pumping, and screaming like you just don’t care. In that same spirit we present Fall Into WIT, our autumn show series.” (WIT)
  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Overview: “Each week is a demonstration, celebration and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. All of the action is brought to life by WIT’s own Harold Teams right before your eyes.” (WIT)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • The Habit of Art runs through October 16. Overview: “Wistful and filthily funny, the latest play from the award-winning writer of The History Boys examines creativity, desire, and the tenacity of the artistic spirit.” (Studio)
  • Lungs opens Wednesday, September 28. Overview: “A couple negotiates sex, parenthood, and responsibilities large and small in Duncan Macmillan’s intimate drama about chance, change, and consequence.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Imagining Madoff closes Sunday, September 25. Overview: “Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet and investment client, Solomon Galkin.” (Theater J)

by Borderstan.com May 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm 0

From Washington Improv Theater: “Do you deep down suspect you might have a bit of fun in an improv class? Washington Improv Theater’s free, low-stress workshops focus on creativity, communications and teamwork. Our enthusiastic and professional instructors quickly establish a fun and trusting atmosphere.”

  • What: Free improv workshops with Washington Improv Theater (WIT).
  • When: Wednesday May 25, 7-9 pm,; Thursday May 26, 7-9 pm; Friday, May 27, 7-9 pm; Saturday May 28, 3-5 pm; Sunday May 29, 3-5 pm; Monday May 30, 7-9 pm; Tuesday May 31, 7-9 pm.
  • Where: The Children’s Studio School at 1301 V Street NW.
  • More information: Visit the WIT website or email [email protected] with questions.

Check out our story on WIT by Keri Douglas, Improv: One Word, One Instant and Original Act of Theater.

by Borderstan.com April 15, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

From Jana Petersen

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On April 16 finalists of F.I.S.T. go head-to-head at The Source to determine who will take home the 2011 crown (and bragging rights) in the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament.

Start your night at 8 pm with a reunion show featuring the 2010 champs, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, with Jackie as a special guest. The competition heats up at 9 PM with the bronze level contenders (candidates pending this week’s round-up) with special guest onesixtyone. The final match is set to occur at 11 pm with highly revered guest Commonwealth .

Each show is $10. If you’ve yet to attend a F.I.S.T. “smackdown,” I would not pass up one of the final chances to see old talent and/or have a stake in determining 2011’s funniest improv troupe — nevermind laugh hard along the way.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com September 9, 2010 at 11:44 am 0

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Two new shows in the neighborhood: Ganymede arts is producing “Falsettos” and “Circle Mirror Transformation” is at the Studio Theatre. (Luis Gomez Photos)

There are two new shows on 14th Street NW this weekend: Circle Mirror Transformation at the Studio Theatre, and Falsettos by ganymede arts, DC’s GLBT theater company.

Circle Mirror Transformation opened Wednesday night and there are performances Wednesday through Sunday each week. Studio Theatre says:

“This charming new play invites the audience into an amateur theatre class in rural Vermont. Theatre games and acting exercises mirror the real drama taking place between the students. The Studio Theatre, founded as an acting conservatory, finds a perfect match with a play about the life lessons stumbled across and relationships forged in acting class.”

Opening this Saturday night… Ganymede arts is producing Falsettos at Noi’s Nook at go mama go!, 1809 14th Street. Scheduled to run through October 10, shows are Thursday through Sunday (no show this Friday):

Falsettos is a universal story of the modern day family. It focuses on a man named Marvin who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man yet ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s Bar Mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.”

Falsettos ganymede arts

“Flasettos” opens Saturday at Noi’s Nook at go mama go! on 14th Street NW. (ganymede arts)

Also this weekend at theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area:

  • Catch the Washington Improv Theater’s The Neutrino Video Project on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm at the Studio Theater on 14th Street.
  • There are Saturday and Sunday performances this weekend of Something You Did at Theater J at the DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW.

Get full details below the fold for these shows plus info about new shows opening this fall.

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by Borderstan.com September 3, 2010 at 12:19 am 0

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Two shows in the neighborhood: “Something You Did” at Theater J and Washington Improv’s “Neutrino Video Project” at Source Theater. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Just two shows this weekend at theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area:

  • Catch the Washington Improv Theater’s The Neutrino Video Project at 8 pm Saturday at the Studio Theater on 14th Street.
  • The other live performance in the  this weekend is Something You Did at Theater J at the DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW.

Get full details below the fold for these two shows plus new shows opening this fall at area theaters.

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by Borderstan.com July 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm 2 Comments

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The Dog Days of August are upon the theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The only show at theaters this weekend in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area is Noises Off, which enters the second weekend of its run at the Church Street Theater.

Meet Neighborhood Artists

Next weekend: Make plans for Sunday, August 8, at the Source Theater for “Open Source: Meet Your Neighborhood Artists”–check the schedule as events run from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. This event is part of the MidCity Business Association’s annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale.

Full details for below the fold.

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