HALIFAX’S MOST HILARIOUS THEATRE GROUP IS BRINGING FUNNY BACK. From Aug. 3rd to Aug 5th, Wit’s End Theatre is presenting its second double bill of short comedic theatre. The group is the product of four years of spit-takes, pratfalls and accidentally fruitful collaboration between two recent alumni of the University of King’s College, Liz Johnston and Griffin McInnes. Their mandate is to reinvigorate the comedy scene in a city that can sometimes take itself a little too seriously. Their first production, a double bill of Christopher Durang’s “Titanic” and David Ives’ “Sure Thing” in July 2010, was met with positive reviews by critics, local media coverage, and audiences that were frequently forced to change its underwear. Wit’s End Theatre has been busy since then. The group now blogs on The Coast’s website (http://www.thecoast.ca/blogs/WitsEndTheatre). McInnes has been a finalist for national and provincial playwriting awards. And this August, the troupe will be producing “My Boyfriend’s Back And There’s Going To Be Laundry”, a raucous short play by Toronto comedienne Sandra Shamas, about love, relationships, and some pretty hysterical ‘80s-era media depictions of women. This will be the first time that Ms. Shamas has given anyone the rights to perform her play since she took it on a national tour .It will be directed by Chloe Hung and performed by Liz Johnston. That play will be followed by “The Project”, a sketch comedy show performed by a young gaggle of Halifax’s finest giggle-makers. Liz Johnston, Griffin McInnes, Chloe Sullivan, Paddy Macdonald, and Ana Matisse Donefer-Hickie will be performing sketches around the guiding theme of “childhood”, a time in our lives rich in humour and latent bedwetting. The group hopes “The Project” will develop into a regular sketch comedy event for the Bus Stop Theatre, the kind of event that the city’s thriving theatre community has been missing as of late. Performances take place at the Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen Street). Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling (902) 802-7104. For interviews, please contact Liz Johnston at (902) 802-7104 or Griffin McInnes at (902) 488-7595.
“I confess that I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard in the theatre.” - Kate Watson, The Coast