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Wednesday January 5, 2011, 9:57am - by admin

The Circuit features improv ensembles made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran Magnet performers.  Every Friday at 10PM, three Circuit teams take the stage at our Studio Theater (259 West 30th Street) and perform the classic longform structure, The Harold!

This rounds teams will be performing starting next Friday into April.  They are…

Team Wolf
Coach: Jamie Rivera (Junior Varsity)
Shaun Farrugia
Jaime Marsanico
Bill Greenlee
Erin Sullivan
Leo Mendoza
JR Harrington
Jolene Turner
George Fernandez

Team Tiger
Coach: Matt Shafeek (Phooka)
Mike Ferreira
Jeff Jackel
Austin Smith
Drew Tarvin
Ron Palais
Roman Rimer
Alexis Lambright
Cris Fisher

Team Dragon
Coach: Rick Andrews (Brick)
Greg Wilker
Philipp Goedicke
Ben Jones
Michael Lutton
Jennifer Sanders
Rachel Rauch
Nina Klemow
Brian Lisi

Team Scorpion
Coach: Nick Kanellis (Trike)
Binu Paulose
Woody Fu
Christine Magee
Carrie Tavris
Nathan Rice
Sari Caine
Tamara Young
David Say

Team Bear
Coach: Elana Fishbein (Featherweight)
Ross Taylor
Chris Wade
Caroline Navish
Meghann Plunkett
Bianca Casusol
Jeff Koleba
Kristy Wesolowski
Vince Milosevich

Team Shark
Coach: Charlie Whitcroft (The Boss)
Tony Mui
Rob Drury
Geoffrey Stevens
Leah Spigelman
Roy Zornow
Jason Tyne
Tina Whelski
Oli Vega

Congrats!

Monday November 29, 2010, 11:34am - by admin

We Might Just Kiss: A Female Improv Event

Tonight, some of the funniest women in New York City combine their forces for an improv comedy event at the Magnet Theater.  Megan Gray will be the host and 13 lady improvisers might just kiss… if you’re lucky.  At the very least you will fall out of your chair laughing.  Tonight at 10PM, make your reservations now.

Monday November 1, 2010, 3:28pm - by admin

The Magnet is excited to announce our newest Megawatt teams, all of which to debut this Wednesday at 7, 8:30 and 10PM.  Congrats to all the new comers and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the theater, we look forward to watching you!  This has been arguably one of our most competitive audition rounds ever.  Everyone listed has been through the rigors of our training program and they are ready to make you fall on the ground laughing.  All performers who are new to being on a house team at the Magnet are in BOLD.

New Team Brick (debuts 11/3 @ 10PM)

  • Rick Andrews
  • Tim Eberle (previously on Lead McEnroe)
  • Julia Hynes
  • Fiona Mallek
  • Joe Miles
  • Amie Roe
  • Jamaal Sedayao (previously on Strider)
  • Jed Teres (previously on Commando)

New Team Teal (debuts 11/3 @ 8:30PM)

  • Kimberly Ferguson
  • Lulu French
  • Federico Garduño
  • Michael Kroll
  • Scott Markman (previously on Strider)
  • Desiree Nash
  • Lauren Smith (previously on Strider)
  • Matt J Weir (previously on Strider)

New Team Tangerine (debuts 11/3 @ 7PM)

  • Dan Benjamin
  • Maryanne Farrell
  • David Gonyo
  • James Heslop
  • Joel Jones (previously on King Canute)
  • Don Romaniello (previously on Strider)
  • Michael Short (previously on King Canute)
  • Andrew Yurman-Glaser
Friday September 17, 2010, 12:34pm - by admin

The Circuit Starts Tonight at our Studio Theater

Starting tonight at our Studio Theater on 30th Street is The Circuit!  We brought together many of our amazing improv students to form teams that will have a limited run on Friday nights!  The fun starts tonight at 10pm.  You will see some great comedy from teams like:

Team America
Coach: Alex Marino
Matt Stillman
Brad Engle
Paul Barker
Elizabeth Haag
Kai Martin
Meg Garrett
Roy Koshy
Eden Gauteron

Team Edward
Coach: Megan Gray
Emily Bryan
Alan Lidogoster
Katie Kazimir
Adam Taylor
Rocco Privetera
Kevin Draine
Lulu French

Team Jacob
Coach: Jon Bander
Bob Kern
Rus Garofalo
Caroline Ficksman
Mary Beth Albers
Jeff Greenspan
Alex Demers
Fiona Mallek
Courtney Wielgus

Team Spirit
Coach: Dave Warth
Allison Ungar
David Gonyo
Sarah Pappalardo
Brett Druck
Saad Jafri
Luke Field
Jason Scott Quinn
Robin Daily

Team of Horses
Coach: Chet Siegel
Michael Dervin
Leah Young
Jodie Pfau
Kevin Kiernan
Brian Tobal
Robbie Weinstein
Paula Schulzki
Katie Carroll

*team names subject to change

259 West 30th Street, New York, NY

2nd Floor

Be there!

Monday September 13, 2010, 12:02pm - by admin

Dearly Beloved performs The Wake, an improvisational form developed by Alex Marino and originally performed by the Necropolitans many years ago. From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, Dearly Beloved gives the recently deceased their final chance to have their story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes. With scenes that vary from the side splitting hilarious to the gut-wrenchingly tragic, Dearly Beloved invites you to celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger.

They have two shows in September.  One of which is tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7:00pm.  

Friday August 27, 2010, 9:13am - by admin

FACE is tonight at 7pm!  Treat yourself, this show is awesome.

 

“Enchanting”
—L Magazine

“…Comedic, dramatic, and jazz improv so surreally compelling that by the end, you leave wishing you could see what they come up with next.”
—Daniel Kelly, www.nytheatre.com

“What differentiates this show from any other I’ve seen is the stunning collaboration between the actors and a live jazz trio onstage. The strength of FACE is their extraordinary ability to tune into each other, thereby keeping the audience enthralled by both the unique concept of the show and its execution.”
—Katherine Heller, www.newyorkcool.com

“…the cast is clearly having fun, and the pace never lags for long…FACE is a breezy, amusing diversion.”
—Vanessa Anderson, Time Out New York

FACE is improv at its most beautiful.”
—Katherine Heller, www.newyorkcool.com

FACE Improv’s performance at the Galapagos Art Space screamed of talent overload, with music, laughter and spontaneity pouring out the door of the tiny space…as the musicians embellished each minute of the show with their equally theatrical and relevant jazz.”
—Jennifer Pelly, The Fordham Observer

Thursday August 26, 2010, 5:21pm - by admin

Adam Wade will be a guest monologist tonight for Junior Varsitys 10pm show.  Thursday Night Out starts in less than two hours, get over to the Magnet and check it out.

Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:22pm - by admin

Pope! The Musical ran at the Magnet Theater throughout the past year and was accepted as a New York International Fringe Festival pick.  After a few performances the reviews have been extremely positive!

“It’s wacky. It’s a family affair. And it’s proof that the musical is not dead.” – The Wall Street Journal

With the help of a very game cast and a great sense of playfulness, Pope! wins the hearts of the audience through its commitment to the comedy and the clear enthusiasm of the participants” – NYTheatre.com

“Festival Highlight” – The New Yorker

Holy Moly! Justin Moran (Book & Lyrics) and Christopher Pappas (Music) have written a terrific and thoroughly entertaining soft rock score for Pope!” – Talk Entertainment

Congrats to the whole Pope! cast and Justin Moran (Author book/lyrics) and Christopher Pappas (Author Music).  

You can still see the show at the FRINGE today at Lucille Lortel Theatre (3:15PM) and on Saturday August 28th at 5:15pm!


Thursday August 12, 2010, 10:31am - by admin

Featherweight & Phooka  hit the stage two years ago this week on the Wednesday night Megawatt stage.  Both teams have delighted audiences and provided us all with a consistently high level of patient and hilarious long form improv comedy every week.  Both of these teams have also taken their acts on the road and performed in multiple cities.

To celebrate their accomplishments we would like you to join us on Saturday August 14th at 10PM where each team will dazzle you with 25-30 minute sets.  254 West 29th Street, NYC.