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Zuppa Theatre Presents Tiny Vaudevilles: A Review

Brilliantly funny, Zuppa Theatre’s Tiny Vaudevilles was really just a lot of fun, and I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a really long time. 

As always the folks at Zuppa Theatre did well to use the space provided (balcony levels included).

The actors even went as far as to use the exit door to the left of the auditorium to yell out conversations with “other characters”, and on many occasions the actors exited this door to the outside only to present themselves again on the other side (main entrance) of the theatre (out one door and in another – it was like a good old fashion episode of Flintstones with Dino).  The interactions conducted out the exit door sent the audience into a tail spins of laughter, and honestly it was probably one of funniest (and clever) things I’ve seen in a while especially given the fact that the first time this play was performed the neighbors called the cops because they thought it was a domestic disturbance.  If you happened to be walking by while the play was going on I can’t imagine what you would have thought, but these are the amazingly clever things that make Zuppa Theatre special; you honestly never know what they are going to do next.

Ben explained it best, in a Facebook post:

Half way through the first act, I am standing in the lobby waiting for my entrance, when a policeman knocks on the theatre door. He comes in and says, “Did you guys report a domestic disturbance?” “No”, I say, from beneath my bowler hat and holding a pitchfork in my hand just at that moment my cue is called and I have to go on stage. After the show Bonnie, the house manager, tells me that one of the neighbours called the police because our vaudevillian shenanigans sounded and looked like a domestic disturbance. It makes sense because we run in and out of the theatre yelling contemporary sounding phrases like “God have mercy on all of us!” or “On the field of honour!” or “Semyon, you idiot! You’ve got the trace horses all tangled up!”’

Alongside the yelling, and all the hilarious irony about the weather, there was also a lot of drinking going on at the play. And not just by the audience members at the bar during intermission, but in the play as well!  Ensuring there was no funny business going on, the actors made sure to crack open a fresh new bottle of vodka so the audience could hear the seal break, and be certain that poor Stewart was actually drinking vodka the entire time. Audience members were also invited to participate in the drinking with the cast members, as a drink ticket gave you two viles of either vodka or beer. I opted for the vodka which after my first swig I immediately regretted, I learned that my abilities to take straight shots have rapidly diminished from my university days. I wasn’t alone either, as each and every cheers resulted in cat like reflexes of audience members shaking their heads, and clearing their throats. But it was all in good fun and I absolutely loved the idea of a collective theatre experience. 
I’m looking forward to their next play which I hear includes food, and Agricola Street’s Lion and Bright. Let’s be honest they had me at food! For all the details click hereThanks so much for having me Zuppa Theatre I had a really great time. What a great way to spend an evening. 
x Short Presents 

About Kayla Short

Fashion writer, aspiring stylist, blogger, journalist, avid food and nutrition enthusiast, dancer, and part-time model. Travel through my blog and experience a taste of life in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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