Musical improv lovers, where were you January 7th? If you were anywhere but the Magnet then kick yourself in the ears and jump into an elevator shaft. If you were at the Magnet seeing the opening night of Choral Rage’s new weekend run, then massage your ears lovingly and take a leisurely elevator ride wherever you please.
Choral Rage, one of the Magnet’s veteran musical improv teams, returned to the main stage to perform a musical mono scene (sort of. Does it count if they go to an alternate version of the same location?). In their opening number we were introduced one by one to the characters, then launched into a set that included a disintegrating, loveless 30-year marriage; a four-person affair; a father/son rivalry with opposing kitchens in the same diner; a cross-country-traveling pair of lovers; and a cigarette machine that opened a portal to parallel reality diner. CLICK TO READ MORE…
Take five of NYC’s sharpest improvisers, add a dash of Youtube, and stir well with the nimble fingers of a trusty Research Assistant in the tech booth: you get Search Engine, the newest innovative improv cocktail to hit the stage at the Magnet Theater. With improvisers hailing from 4Track, Mother, and Hello Laser, Search Engine promises to deliver knowledge that you didn’t even know you had to know.
Alan Fessenden, Jesse Falcon, Matt Evans, Alex Marino
Home is Where the Heart Is
It started with one show. Back in June, the Magnet Theater was kind enough to host a “Gay Pride Show” in honor of New York’s Gay Pride Celebration. Louie Pearlman along with Roman Rimer organized a one-hour show featuring indie comedy band Thin Skin Johnny and a few select GLBTQ improvisers to join in on the fun. CLICK TO READ MORE…
A good improv scene is a little like a game of 301.
You begin with 301 points, and throw darts to deduct their totals from that sum until you reach 0, on the dot. CLICK TO READ MORE…
What’s better news than the news of FIVE new circuit teams being created? Well, how about the fact that they debut tomorrow night, 10pm, at the Magnet Theater Training Center. What! Oh yes. Also, the show is free. Try not to faint, and give it up for these amazing new student harold teams:
|TEAM ZODIAC||TEAM CHAOS||TEAM GRAVITY||TEAM PARALLAX||TEAM QUASAR|
|Coach: K. Buttermore||Coach: JS Quinn||Coach: R. Werbel||Coach: D. Romaniello||Coach: J. Miles|
|Nate Brown||Roger Ainslie||Matt Antonucci||Melissa Caminneci||Seth Hirschman|
|Christina Dabney||Nick Bacan||Jon Heffley||Eric Feldman||Brendan Jordan|
|Chano Garcia||Kate Chamuris||Jaclynn Larington||Lauren Glover||Steve Ling|
|Rafay Khalid||Peter Collins||Michael McFadden||Alessandro King||Pat May|
|Ben Kharakh||Rachael Mason||Emily Newhouse||Carla Nager||Leo Mendoza|
|Frank Magnotti||Brigid Moynahan||Paul Ton||Michael McLarnon||Rosie Pelka|
|Mallory Schlossberg||Dennis Pacheco||Leah Young||Nat Trammell||Alex Schaefer|
|Christopher Simpson||Deepak SJ||Imrana Zaman||Andrew Vuilleumier||Jolene Turner|
Contact Stephen Hawking and ask him how this was even possible. Or, just check out The Circuit, every Friday at 10pm at the Training Center, hosted by Mark Grenier, absolutely free.
If you’ve ever found yourself fixated on some absurdly detailed and equally useless bit of information – like the decomposition cycle of a whale, the Bristol Scale, the Catholic Church’s categories of demonic possession, or the political platforms of republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum – then you’ve already got something in common with the stellar cast of Search Engine. With shared roots and experience dating back as far as The Deconstruction and 4 Track, they’re guaranteed to provide you with one of the most invigorating, entertaining and downright fun hours of your weekend – specifically at 8:30pm on Friday, January 13.
Starting with a suggestion from the audience of anything you wish you knew more about – perhaps Lepufology – Search Engine will go to work sharing what they know. Meanwhile, the Search Engine Research Assistant in the booth – that’s right, they’ve got a Research Assistant! – will be searching the web for a relevant YouTube video. The discussion and the video will inspire a series of scenes, occasionally punctuated by pertinent wikipedia entries, related trivia, more videos, or other information discovered by the Research Assistant throughout.
Search Engine has assured me that each member of the cast is either chock full of trivial but true information about the world, or naturally able to be confidently and completely wrong in their assumptions. Chances are good that you’ll leave knowing at least as much as you did when you arrived, with laugh-induced soreness in your abdominal region.
Search Engine debuts at The Magnet Theater on Friday, January 13 at 8:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended.
Elana Fishbein & Shaun Farrugia
Elana and Shaun are hilarious, talented improvisers who bring a ton of experience to their Megawatt shows. Elana has been on a team for five years now, and Shaun just got cast. Jolene Turner interviewed both of them about favorite moments, comedy role models, and some veteran advice. Enjoy….
Tara Copeland originally formed Choral Rage back in July ’09, one of the first musical house teams at the Magnet along with Miracle Baby. After a brief hibernation, they perfected the art of the fully improvised rock opera, and more recently began honing the nuances of the musical monoscene.
Choral Rage’s personnel is comprised of a stellar cast of musical improv veterans: Angela DeManti (Weird Sisters/Phooka), Henry Kaiser (Face), Justin Moran (Featherweight/Nightfall on Miranga Island), Ryan Nelson (Nightfall on Miranga Island), Robin Rothman (Rosencrantz/Nightfall on Miranga Island), Jon Roufaeal (Nightfall on Miranga Island) & Jen Sanders (Mint Condition/Made Up Musical).
What form will they unveil this weekend, when they return to the Magnet stage for the beginning of their second weekend run? What mellifluous harmonies will grace our ears, what hip thrusts and possible stage-humps? Be there at 9pm on Friday to find out.
Tomorrow night at the Magnet is the 5th anniversary of some very special fellows and ladies. Hello Laser, The Boss, and Junior Varsity, The Magnet’s most veteran house teams, all turn five years old.
Five years is a long time to be an improv team, and you can see that experience borne out every Thursday in the playfulness, patience, trust and skill that these teams exhibit every time they hit the stage.
Come on out tomorrow night and laugh until your silly once again. Vets Phooka will open up the night at 8pm, followed by Laser, Boss and JV. At 10pm, there’s a big mix-em up with all the teams as players swap sides for a set or two. Join everyone at local watering hole Mustang Sally’s after the show for the official after party.
Whew. We can’t wait. It’s been a crazy ride. To celebrate their achievement in longevity, we at the Mblog thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some old photos of these teams so you can see what they were like through the years…