Arts & Entertainment: Muh Grog Zoo brings unique improv to Broadway Center

On March 14 as a continuation of the Tacoma Fall Free for All, the Broadway Center will be hosting a free performance by Muh Grog Zoo, an improvisational theater cohort specializing in one-act plays.

“We go on stage knowing nothing,” said Muh Grog Zoo member Adam Utley. “And by the end, with each other and with the audience, we’ve created a one-act play.”

In other words, Muh Grog Zoo performances are entirely unscripted, unplanned, unstudied and showgoers should come expecting the unexpected. “There's nothing the audience can assume,” agreed Utley.

Muh Grog Zoo is not your average improvisational theater troupe in that they do not focus on only the comedic aspects of improv, as many popular improvisational theater shows such as “Whose Line is it Anyway?” seem to. Muh Grog Zoo breaks from the stereotype of improvisational theater and tries to form emotional ties with their audiences.

“I think that we are doing something a little different when it comes to improve shows,” said Utley. “We’re pushing the boundaries of improvisational theater and our audiences are able to connect with us on a deeper emotional level.”

The beauty of improvisational theater is that every show is one of a kind, at once priceless, freely expressive and unique to its audience. A show by Muh Grog Zoo is made even more of a commodity by virtue of its unique content.

“We aren’t rooted in comedy,” continued Utley. “Our audiences aren’t coming to our shows just to laugh.”

The March 14 show will consist of two 35- to 40-minute one-act plays with a short 20-minute intermission in between. This performance is intended for audiences ages 18 and up. The show will be held in Studio III of the Broadway Center, 901 Broadway. Admission is free, but you have to register first with Tacoma Free For All, which is also free – http://www.broadwaycenter.org.

Muh Grog Zoo Performance Schedule

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts – March 14 and June 6 at 7:30 p.m., free with Tacoma Free For All registration

Lakewood Playhouse – March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9 and May 23, June 13, June 27, July 11,
July 25,
Aug. 8,
Aug. 22. Visit http://www.lakewoodplayhouse.org for show times (click on “Improv Shows”), tickets are $8 for a single, $10 for a pair.

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