Saturday, April 05, 2008

Don't Quit Your Night Job (The SOB Overview)

Don't Quit Your Night Job (The SOB Overview) - Zipper Theatre, New York, NY

So where are all the cool kids known as Broadway Babies hanging out after hours?

Look no further than a dozen blocks or so south of the Great White Way to the illustrious Zipper Theatre, where on a monthly basis, Don't Quit Your Night Job keeps the midtown theatre party going with fresh and funny improv.

Like a virgin touched for the very first time, I attended my first DQYNJ last month and was amazed at the brisk pacing coupled with big name stars of the stage -- including Norbert Leo Butz, Sutton Foster, Andrea Martin, Christopher Sieber and George Wendt -- going toe to unstubbed toe with this new-age variety show's talented creators Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Sarah Saltzberg and music director Dan Lipton.

Given the very nature of improv, some pieces work better than others, but you can't help but admire their spunk. My favorite bit was watching Sutton Foster and Andrea Martin compete in a hilarious obstacle race buttressed by a bloviating Broadway bent.

And to boot, all proceeds from the March performance -- a mere $20 to get in the door, although get there early in April to secure a halfway decent seat -- went to benefit Wendy Wasserstein’s Open Doors Initiative, a mentoring program offered through the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) that provides small groups of high school students an in-depth introduction to live theatre and dance.

So if you want a chance to hang out where all the cool kids are, check out Don't Quit Your Night Job.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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