• COMEDY NIGHT AT THE PLAYHOUSE
  • September 14, 2013
    Jim Mendrinos, headliner

    Liz Miele, middle act
    Lori Sommer, emcee
  • October 26, 2013
    Mike Jacobs, headliner
    Kelsey Flynn, middle act
    Mike Murray, emcee
  • November 27, 2013
    Vic DiBitetto, headliner
    Tommy Gooch, middle act
    Tim Hayes, emcee
  • January 11, 2014
    Max Dolcelli, headliner
    Christine Hurley, middle act
    John Porch, emcee
  • May 3, 2014
    Marion Grodin, headliner


IMPROVAGANZA 2014

Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. and Hot Cocco Productions Announce the 2014 Improvaganza! 

Connecticut's own improv festival returns to the Playhouse on Park! Two fun filled evenings will feature some of the areas best known improv groups as well as up and coming performers. A variety of groups will perform a range of improv styles - everything from short-form to musical improv!


Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd
8:00pm $10, general admission BYOB

Friday is Providence Pipes, Great Make Believe Society, Just Like Kevin and Franklin's Peaches. 
Saturday is Phantom Sheep, Parachute, Sea Tea and Franklin's Peaches.

The Great Make Believe Society The Middletown,CT-based The Great Make Believe Society was founded in 2012 when the two man super group BenTopher exploded into the many-headed hydra that it is today. The Great Make Believe experiments with long and short form improv to the delight of audiences s at Oddfellows Playhouse, Billings Forge and The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center.


Just Like Kevin
has two members: Kevin Panko and Kevin Sullivan. Both of them changed their names to Kevin due to a misunderstanding of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. You'd think it would be confusing, but it's not that bad.




Franklin's Peaches is Amy Lavorgna, Kevin MacDermott, Matt Saccullo, and Claire Zick






Providence Pipes - is a Providence-based Musical Improv Group that performs a 20-50 minute traveling comedy show. It is a high energy performance that consists of musical short-form improv, musical sketch, original songs, and parodies.




Phantom Sheep
is Western Mass's own premiere comedy troupe specializing in short form improv, social satire, and pop culture parody. They are known for their "LaughCrafters" shows and workshops for all ages that are popular at schools, libraries, and special events. Over the past decade they have produced over 200 sketches and countless improvised scenes along with creating over 35 original custom shows for the theme park industry. Visit phantomsheep.com for more stuff, "like" them at Facebook.com/phntmsheep, and enjoy their channel at Youtube.com/phntmsheep.

Parachute is Conard High School's one and only improv troupe. This spunky, crunchy crew does long form improv, mainly in the Armando style. Parachute has been around since 2011 and is an audition based troupe. They are extremely excited for this opportunity to perform!



Sea Tea Improv performs short-form, long-form, and musicals all over Connecticut (and sometimes as far beyond as Cleveland!). Previous musicals include "The Teddy Bear Who Wanted a Xerox Machine" and "I Like My Dinner Warm." They are accompanied, as always, by the incredible pianist Kevin Scott. Sea Tea Improv has been the undefeated champion of the Connecticut Cage Match for the last two years, and has a studio in downtown Hartford with mixers, classes, and workshops. This is the fifth appearance at Improvaganza.



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