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Improv comedy group Here We Are In Spain hold special performance in Scranton on March 28

Improv comedy group Here We Are In Spain hold special performance in Scranton on March 28
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From a press release:

Local improvisational theatre group Here We Are In Spain takes quick thinking and comedy to new heights with shows that are unscripted and truly one-of-a-kind. Their unique comic stylings are coming to Diva Productions at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton for a special performance on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

For nearly 10 years, the group has been entertaining audiences with original, interactive, and funny shows. Players brave enough to take to the stage, sans scripts, include Don McGlynn, Patrick Martin, and Jon Maier of Scranton, Brit Giblin of Clarks Summit, Rob Klubeck of Plains, and Baxter Pancake of Wayne County.

Part of the performance is reminiscent of a game show. Players ask audience members for suggestions, and in return, they act out those suggestions. (Think of the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?“).

“There is no such thing as a stupid suggestion. We’ll take the first one we hear,” Martin explained.

To keep things really interesting, the players must follow rules. For example, in the game ABC, every sentence must start with the subsequent letter of the alphabet. That’s the rule! Other games have other rules. Don’t worry – if it sounds confusing, it won’t be on show night. Players fully explain the rules of each game before the show so everyone can follow along and join in the fun.

The other portion of the show is dedicated to long-form improv comedy, in which players take one word from the audience and perform a monologue based on that word. Then they do multiple scenes based on the monologue, almost building into a one-act play. (Think Second City Comedy Club in Chicago, or Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City).

The result of this format with local improv masters is a hilarious night of comedy among friends. Unlike watching a stand-up comedy show, there is no chance of being singled out and teased by a comedian. Here We Are In Spain members merely ask for suggestions from those who want to participate. The only warning for this show: expect the unexpected!

Tickets are $7 at the door at the Olde Brick Theatre (126 West Market St., Scranton). Free parking is available in the lot behind the theater and on the street.

To learn more about Here We Are In Spain and have a few laughs, listen to or watch Episode 16 of the NEPA Scene Podcast. To see photos from a recent Here We Are In Spain performance, click here.