Improv Athens has planned a night of comedy in the tradition of Whose Line Is It Anyway? -- but with a Bulldog twist in honor of the Saturday UGA game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Appearing one night only, September 7 at Seney Stovall, the student-run group has planned the performance to raise funds for the renovations of the Fine Arts Building and for the annual graduate ensemble showcase.Members of Improv Athens have 18 years of combined professional improv experience. They have appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival (Mainstage) and the Bestival Midwestival Improvisational Comedy Festival (sponsored by Bob & Tom). Troupe members have been seen on television in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. One member has even been seen in Maxim magazine!
Tickets for Improv Athens’ Sept. 7 show will be $5 at the door, and the curtain goes up at 8:00 p.m. They will be performing at Seney-Stovall, which is next to the Varsity on Milledge Avenue.Another student group, the Thalian Blackfriars, will be hosting their 24-Hour Play Competition at the Balcony Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on Sunday, September 9. Participants divide into five teams according to class (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduates) and are given a topic. They then have only 24 hours to write and rehearse a play with a budget of only $20. The audience will vote for best play, best actor, best actress, etc. Admission is free for the public showcase, which will start at 8:00 p.m. September 9.
Next comes Talley’s Folly, a one-act play by Lanford Wilson, presented by the UGA Graduate Acting Ensemble on Tuesday, September 11, at 8p.m. Set in 1944, Talley’s Folly is a romantic comedy that confronts deeper issues of war and prosperity, racism, and women’s role in the world. All seats will be $5, and tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.