Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tongue & Groove Plays the Kimmel!

Photo by Aaron Oster

The improv group I've been working with for the past almost-five years, Tongue & Groove, (officially called not Improv but Spontaneous Theater) has been invited to perform in the first annual Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts at the world-famous Kimmel Center on Philly's Avenue of the Arts. We're very excited about it and have even come up with a new form, an hour-long structure within which we create scenes and characters based on audience suggestions. The difference with us is that we don't do the wacky, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" kind of short-form improv in which anything goes. Our work is based in reality, real characters and situations (in many cases we use our own lives as fodder). As the Philadelphia City Paper said,  "...improv or not...this is great theatre, acted with soul-baring sincerity, intelligence, and humor. GO SEE THIS!" 

Our group has gotten smaller and grown; we've lost members (one of our charter cast mates, Adam Gertler, went on to almost win "The Next Food Network Star" but got his own series on the Food Network anyway); we've gained new members, we continue to work and grow and it's become a very safe and warm group of friends and confidantes. In improv, as in theater in general, it's crucial that you trust your castmates. Moreso in improv, since when you go out onto that stage, you have no idea what's going to happen!

So, for those of you who are so inclined, (and near Philadelphia) here's the information. I'd love to see you! And you'll love seeing us!

"This will explode your expectations about what improvisation can be. The performers …are funny, and masters of timing, but they dig deep into human behavior and motivation.  You'll see …. [the] human experience, raw, painful, smart, sharp and beautiful, And you'll laugh till you get a head rush."

The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St (Broad & Spruce); Rendell Room.
Tickets $10 online or at the door.
For show and festival info and tix:
or call 215-546-PIFA

For more info on T&G, plus our promo video, go to

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