Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Teachers Lounge Mafia Presents Improvisational Dinner Theater

Farmington -- We are on the brink of the wettest summer in Maine history. So why not seek shelter from the last rains of the season with an evening of food and entertainment unlike any other? Western Maine improv troupe, Teachers Lounge Mafia, presents an exclusive evening of improvisational dinner theater and comedy, Friday, August 28th, at The Granary on Front Street in Farmington.

The Teachers Lounge Mafia’s newest comedic performance, “Three Course Meal,” features a trio of scenes or vignettes occurring inside a restaurant’s dining room. Every scene is improvised, built from the suggestions of the audience, an audience that happens to surround the actors since “Three Course Meal” occurs during the meal, right alongside the diners. As the stories play out, audience members find themselves in the middle of the action, maybe even becoming part of the event itself. Following a brief intermission, Teachers Lounge Mafia will offer a nightcap set of crowd participation improv games.

For the past several months, Teachers Lounge Mafia have performed throughout western Maine, delivering their original brand of improvisation and sketch comedy. Most recently, they brought laughter to UMF’s Alumni Theater in a Fiery Inferno of Funny. This August they hope to continue this trend with the help of The Granary and people looking for a good laugh.

Teachers Lounge Mafia consists of area comic actors, Emily Pottle, Gavin Pickering, Jeff Bailey, Kyla Wheeler, Natalie Bean, Alex Kreitzman and Dan Ryder. Several actors are former members of other improv groups including The Curtain Raisers and Lawn Chair Pirates, while the rest aren't. Taking inspiration from the early years of Saturday Night Live, Kids in the Hall, The State, the writings of James Clavell and Betsy Byars, as well as their own twisted comic stylings, the Teachers Lounge Mafia hope to bring something different to the foothills – and still be allowed to live here.

This special evening of improv dinner theater runs for one night only, Friday, August 28th, at The Granary on Front St. in Farmington. Doors open and dinner seating begins at 6:15 p.m. Admission is $5, food and drink not included. Seating is limited. Advance tickets available in person at The Granary or by calling (207) 578-0357. The show may contain mature content. For more information, contact Teachers Lounge Mafia at teachersloungemafiaimprov@gmail.com, call (207) 578-0357, or look for the group on Facebook.

Attached image: The members of Teachers Lounge Mafia wait for their table on Friday, August 28th as they present an improvisational dinner theater at The Granary in Farmington. (Pictured clockwise from front, Jeff Bailey, Natalie Bean, Kyla Wheeler, Gavin Pickering, Emily Pottle and Dan Ryder; photo by Kaija Fellman)