I Said, Line!

FRI, 10/28

Quick, somebody in the audience give me a profession. Don't ask, just do it, because I'm going to act like I'm somebody in that profession, and then my partner, who will come on stage later, will have to guess what I'm doing. What do you mean, why? Because it's fun, that's why. What are you doing that's so important? Doctor! Okay, that's good. Give me more. Lawyer, teacher, shoe salesman -- okay, these are all good, but open your minds up, people. Erotic masseuse! Bingo! Now, here he comes, so play it cool.

Hey, buddy, why don't you lie prostrate on this comfortable table as I dim the lights and play weird, holistic music? Just remain calm as I knead your back and shoulders, and your lower back. Now turn over for the happy ending and...erotic masseuse! He got it! What fun!

Sound familiar? Of course it does. Anyone who has ever been to a live improv show knows that 99 percent of it is self-indulgent crap that makes you wish you had stayed home and rented the second season of Arrested Development. But here's the kicker: That other 1 percent? Pure gold. Just ask Drew Carey and the Improv All-Stars, appearing tonight at 8 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street. In what's essentially a traveling version of the popular Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Carey and other regulars, including Greg Proops and Kathy Kinney, are barnstorming the country with their impromptu traveling brand of comedy, adding show-stopping numbers such as walking on a stage littered with a hundred mousetraps, barefoot and blindfolded to boot. See whose toes walk the line by going to www.ticketmaster.com and purchasing tickets, $39.50 to $59.50. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

Enter, Everyone
The "E" Project opens its new theater.
SAT 10/29

West Colfax Avenue is E-volving.

The "E" Project will unveil its West Colfax "E"-vent Center today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 72-seat black-box venue at 9797 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood is the new home of the five-year-old volunteer group, and it's celebrating with a free lineup of improvisational comedy, a performance by Carla Conover and the "E" Project Band, and performers from the theater troupe's Winnie the Pooh kids' show.

And what does the "E" in the group's name stand for?

"It started out meaning Œexperimental,' because we didn't know if we would succeed or not," says executive director Deletta Laes. "But now it could mean Œexcellent,' because we strive for that, or Œeducational,' since we do children's programming."

It might also stand for "enterprising," since the group hopes to help brand this part of West Colfax as an arts district. Starting next weekend, the "E" Project will showcase a two-person production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; an adult farce will also be featured in the space. And future offerings will include improv workshops and other cultural outreaches, Laes says.

For information, call 303-717-1238. -- E. Tucker

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Adam Cayton-Holland
Ernie Tucker
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