Absurd Comedy The Big Funk by Pulitzer Winner John Patrick Shanley
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The last date listed for The Big Funk was Sunday July 22, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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The competition is fierce, fast, funny and family-friendly at this ingenious improv show that pits two teams of sharp-witted performers against each other in an all-out battle for comedy supremacy. With the audience providing suggestions and ultimately proclaiming winners, the squads are challenged to come up with scenes, bits and songs on the spot, in the spirit of TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? A referee watches the action, calling fouls and keeping score, as the players compete in 7 to 12 different improv games each time, out of a repertoire of more than 100. You'll never see the same show twice, and they keep it clean for the kids. Learn More
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The Big Funk, an absurd comedy written by Pulitzer Prize winning author John Patrick Shanley, opens with an argument over who – of the 4 characters- is the hero of the story There’s Fifi, a svelte woman who is immediately informed that she’s pregnant with twins and is due the next day; Her husband Omar, a circus performer who not only makes a living throwing knives at a 1" black dot 35 feet away but who has a reputation for doing it very well; His friend Austin, an out of work actor who wears a drip-dry suit in order to give a woman he’s just met a nice bath; Jill, a campaign manager, looking for a soul mate; And Gregory, a man who carries a family-size jar of Vaseline petroleum jelly in a brown paper bag, ready at any time to apply it toward someone’s humiliation. How do these people function in a society filled with cynicism? Who is the hero? What is the Big Funk? Incorporated into each performance will be the hottest funk/pop/rock bands in the Greater Boston area, which will play original music in service of each performance.
July 13 & 14: Cosmodrome
An eclectic blend of soul, funk and hip-hop. Enchanting lead vocals by Madison McFerrin.
July 20 & 22: George Woods
Soulful funk-folk with a classic and jazzy feel. Lighthearted touch and tender, evocative lyrics.
July 21: Sarah Blacker
Boston sensation, jazzy singer-songwriter
This show contains some strong language and brief nudity.