Chris and I spent the weekend in Newport, RI. Whenever we get a chance to go away without the kids, that’s usually where we end up. It’s only about a 45 minute drive from where we live and there are so many cool things to do in Newport – including some really good eating establishments (and you all know my love of eating), tours of the famous Newport Mansions and tons of shops to visit. Plus, we get wicked cheap lodging at the Naval Base down there because Chris is in the military, so it doesn’t cost us an arm & a leg for an entire weekend away.
Anyways, we were looking for something different to do while we were there last weekend and about a month go, I did some snooping around and came across a link to this place called The Firehouse Theater. They have live improv comedy shows there every weekend featuring a comedy troupe called the Bit Players. I’ve seen live improv before, but Chris hadn’t, so we decided that we’d check it out.
When we got to the theater, we checked in at the desk and then were able to seat ourselves once we paid. I’m not positive, but I’d guesstimate that there are somewhere around 75 seats in the theater and we picked seats right in the front row since we were there nice and early. Here’s a picture of the stage.
The place itself was pretty laid back. Chris and I had a few laughs over the ghetto chairs they had in a few of the rows. Don’t worry – there were only three or four of them in there.
Plus, the theater is BYOB, so you can bring in whatever kind of booze you want. They provided some waters & sodas in a cooler at no charge (but of course you can leave a donation to help out). We brought in a few adult beverages and some snacks. I liked that we could bring in the stuff we liked and didn’t have to worry about them not having something we like on the menu.
The show lasted for almost two whole hours and was absolutely hysterical. I kid you not, we were in tears for a good part of the night. And the best part is that it’s improv and everything is made up right there on the spot. Some of the numbers were musical and some weren’t – but regardless, they were all funny as hell.
I was actually going to take a video of one of their bits with my iPhone, but then I wasn’t sure if it was illegal or something, so I didn’t. The last thing I need is to end up in the hokey because of some illegal iPhone video streaming, right?
But I digress……you can see some of their bits on their website if you’d like.
The Firehouse Theater is located at 4 Equality Park Place in Newport, RI 02840. You need to call them for reservations if you’re planning on going to the show and their number is: (401) 849-FIRE (3473). They have shows every Friday & Saturday Night at 8 pm and they only charge $15 per seat. What a cheap night out, huh?
I can’t tell you how highly I recommend that you check out one of their shows. Chris and I went to their Friday night show at 8 pm and loved it so much that we went back for their Saturday night show at 8 pm – and we ended up staying for their encore show at 10 pm on Saturday night. All the shows are filled with audience interaction/participation, so the audience is a big part of the direction that the show takes.
Seriously, if you live in the area, go! You won’t be sorry.