Today’s featured event:
Everybody and Their Dog, one of Oklahoma City’s first comedy improvisation troupes, will perform a 20th anniversary show at 9 tonight at Reduxion Theatre Company’s Broadway Theater, 914 N Broadway Ave., as OKC Improv begins its “Wet Hot Improv Summer” run through July 26.
“Performing improv for 20 years has been enjoyably risky,” said Sue Ellen Reiman, a founding member of Everybody and Their Dog, in a news release. “Because we make our scenes and stories up while on stage in front of the audience, we never perform the same show twice. It’s an adrenaline rush that we all love.”
Just as Oklahoma City has emerged as a world-class city over the last 20 years, the cast of Everybody and Their Dog has watched the urban comedy scene blossom into a thriving community.
While some members have remained, many have performed for a season then moved to cities such as Los Angeles and New York City to further pursue professional opportunities. This summer’s show will reunite troupe alumni for a super-sized show.
“We started on the Water Stage in Myriad Gardens and played in the Paseo at Medina’s Coffeehouse and Galileo’s. We’d also perform in colleges, restaurants or bars or wherever we could find someone to watch, though we were a regular Kerr Park in the summers and Opening Night in the winter. It’s definitely been a rewarding experience,” said Shane McClure, another founding member, in a news release.
In addition to the Dog’s performance, OKC Improv presents two more shows tonight, plus shows every Friday and Saturday July 11-26 as part of the “Wet Hot Improv Summer.” Weekly improv classes for adults are also offered all summer. Show and class information can be found at www.okcimprov.com.
OKC Improv is a community arts organization dedicated to building a thriving and sustaining improv scene by providing performance opportunities for area improvisers and by raising awareness and understanding of improv as an art form through outreach and education.
Tickets for tonight’s anniversary show are $10. Audiences are encouraged to come at 7:30 p.m. for the early show and stay for 9 and 10:30 p.m. shows. Combo tickets are reduced to $15 and include all three shows. At the door, tickets are buy one, get one free with a Keep It Local card, or a copy of a dining receipt the night of performances from Elemental Coffee, S&B Burger, Po’ Boys and Urban Roots. Shows may sell out, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged.
With steady venues and classes, the improv community has grown since the time that Everybody and Their Dog hit the scene as improv pups. As many as 25 groups perform during each run and provide sold-out audiences with one of a kind entertainment using whatever the audience suggests.
To get more information or buy tickets online, go to www.okcimprov.com.
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