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From improvised Shakespeare productions to shows based on Craigslist missed-connections, Denver is teeming with dramatic troupes that perform within very specific formats. Duo Third Curd wanted to get in on the action — hence the idea for its new gig at the Deer Pile.

“There’s a lot of other great improv groups around town that have really distinct forms, and our idea was that we just wanted to play with those people within their long forms,” explains Third Curd’s Chris Woolf. “So we invite improv groups that have very distinct forms, and we do our set, and then we bring them up on stage and we jump in with them and do whatever it is that they do.”

The evening will begin with Third Curd’s “Memento,” which includes splitting the stage into two different locations based on audience suggestions; one moves forward in time and one moves backward, with the two scenes finally meeting in the middle. Then Woolf and fellow Third Curd member Mark Shonsey will don wigs and act like British women to jump in and join this month’s guest, all-girl group Jane’s Addiction, in improvising a Jane Austen novel.

Third Curd: TAKE OVER at the Deer Pile, 206 East 13th Avenue, is free and open to the public; it debuts tonight at 10 p.m. For more information, visit Third Curd’s Facebook page.
Thu., Jan. 31, 10 p.m., 2013


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