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Comedy Takes the Stage

May 23, 2019

When the outside world becomes too dark, bleak, and depressing, it’s time for comedy!  

Lost Nation Theater continues its 31st Season with THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY-ABRIDGED –the eighth play by comedy duo Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. No joke is left unturned!


The Complete History of Comedy- Abridged runs Thursdays thru Sundays, May 30 thru June 16, at City Hall Arts Center.


“We’re telling the history of comedy in all of its forms. Children in the audience – cover your parents’ ears. They’ll be embarrassed by what you’re hearing. But don’t worry it’s just a phase, as you get older, they’ll grow out of it!”


Three unsuspecting actors wind up spanning time and place to save the world through comedy. Together they explore what makes people laugh from ancient times to now! With madcap, witty & topical skits, stand up, satire, slapstick, pies, puns, double-entendres, and jibes, “The History of Comedy – abridged is a non-stop laughfest” – The Sun


Where does comedy begin? Where does it end? What makes something funny? What makes it provocative: Can the line between be blurred? And most importantly of all, why did the chicken cross the road?


Ready to bring audience to their knees (or at least sling out a couple of knee slappers) is LNT audience favorite, G. Richard Ames. Ames has been an LNT stalwart, known for his witty way with words, since 2004. The actor-singer is known for his roles in Hairspray, Into the Woods, Tartuffe, and Silent Sky.


Actors’ Equity Association member Dan Renkin also returns to LNT. Dan (Circle in the Square) is once again doing double-duty as actor and fight choreographer. He’s best known at LNT for Midsummer’s Night Dream,, Miracle Worker, and Tartuffe.


They are joined by actor-singer-dancer Liz Davis, who is making her LNT Debut!


LNT Producing Artistic Director Kathleen Keenan (39 Steps, Around the World in 80 Days) is directing the production.
She says: 

  • "The show lets us simultaneously salute and confront our humanity; laughing at ourselves and situations. That laughter connects us. Complete History of Comedy really does celebrate all forms of comedy: lowbrow, high brown – no brow! We’re lambasting everything & everyone! No icon or individual, no personal or political situation, is safe from the deadly wit of the writers – or our ensemble!"


This deep dive into all things comedy is sure to keep audiences rolling in the aisle.

Joining Lost Nation Theater’s production are costume designer Cora Fauser and scenic designer Donna Stafford – veterans of LNT’s Complete Works of Wm Shakespeare-Abridged and Complete History of America Abridged. Rob Mermin (Circus Smirkus) serves as clown & mime coach, Taryn Noelle consults on choreography. Lighting & projections design is in the hands of Samuel J  Biondolillo. Completing the team are sound designer Jacob Graham, stage manager Stevie De, assistant stage manager Nick Veldey and technical director Robyn Osiecki.

“Extremely clever, laugh-out-loud funny, with physical bits, wordplay, plus great improv.” -Talkin' Broadway
“The Complete History of Comedy is a master class in the art form.” —Broadway World.


Lost Nation Theater: winner “Best in New England”- Yankee Magazine, and named One of the Best Regional Theaters in America by NYC Drama League is Sponsored by Capitol Copy, City of Montpelier, Eternity, National Life Group, The Point-FM, The Times Argus, Great Eastern Radio, and The World, with media support from Seven Days.


See it.  Show Duration: Thursdays­–Sundays, May 30-June 16. Curtain is 7:30pm Thu-Sat; 2pm Sun.
Show Pricing: $10 - $30   Students & seniors (age 65): $5 Off. Youth (11 and under) always $10.  GET TICKET HERE
(6 & under admitted at discretion of theater, infants and toddlers not admitted.)

Lost Nation Theater is wheelchair accessible, offers an assisted listening system, and large print programs.

You can also get tickets at the City Clerk’s Office on the first floor of Montpelier City Hall.
You can also take a chance at the door (starting 1 hour before curtain). 

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