The sketch comedy and improv troupe from the B Street Theatre has started picking up momentum at its new Assembly digs.
Dave Pierini leads "B Street Live!" The troupe includes Kurt Johnson, Brittni Barger, Stephanie Altholz, Tara Sissom and Jason Kuykendall. The 75-minute, one-set show features character sketches and interactive games from the quick-thinking actors who double as B Street Theatre company members. Plus, there's a full bar for your beverage pleasure at Randy Paragary and Kurt Spataro's new nightclub. Those ages 18 and over are welcome at Assembly, 1000 K St., Sacramento. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Tickets are $15.
For information call (916) 443-5300 or go to www.bstreettheatre.org
Meanwhile, across town
More like halfway across town in the heart of midtown, at 20th and J streets, Brian Crall's Sacramento Comedy Spot stakes its claim as the city's only comedy club featuring improv, stand-up and sketch comedy shows weekly, and, he says, Sacramento's longest-running comedy show, the "Anti-Cooperation League." Crall rolls out a varied lineup with the Comedy Spot Stand-up Competition at 9 p.m. today. Saturday includes the Top 10 List Podcast at 7 p.m. with Crall and friends creating the list. (Does David Letterman know about this?) At 8 p.m. Lady Business ($8), Sacramento's only all-female improv troupe, hits the stage (it performs every third Saturday), and at 9 p.m. the Anti-Cooperation League performs ($12).
The ACL takes information from a celebrity guest and uses that for a comedy springboard of improved sketches. Its cast features Crall, Ninad Athale, Micaela Smith, Greg Sabin, Tiffany Hart, Ted Samson, Nick Pettigrew, Chris Emery and Ian Keller. As luck would have it, this Saturday's guest will be none other than The Bee's own food and wine writer (and man about town) Chris Macias.
Sunday at 7 p.m. there's "Open Mic Scramble."
Beer is available, and there is no minimum age to see shows at the Comedy Spot. Each show has its admission price, so check the schedule. Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St., Suite 130, Sacramento.
For information call (916) 444-3137 or go to email@example.com.
CSUS musical theater professor Ed Brazo directs the classic "Cabaret," which has its final performances this weekend at the University Theatre. The book by Joe Masteroff, based on John van Druten's play "I Am a Camera," was perhaps the greatest collaboration between composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb. From the opening "Willkommen" to the closing title number "Cabaret," the sadly beautiful musical set in 1931 Berlin focuses on the sketchy night life at the Kit Kat Klub. The Nazis are on the rise as young English singer Sally Bowles and American writer Cliff Bradshaw try making sense of it all.
Performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; University Theatre, Shasta Hall, CSUS campus. Tickets are $7-$15.
For more information call (916) 278-4323 or go to www.csus.edu.
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