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Wednesday, Nov 10 2010
Q: How many radical feminists does it take to change a lightbulb? A: THAT’S NOT FUNNY! Tasteless or not, the riddle illustrates one way to get laughs from a serious subject: Be brutally honest and spare no one. The members of PianoFight Productions’ female-driven variety show Monday Night ForePlays have taken this to heart. In their promo video, they try to persuade a male theater manager (who’s shirtless, wearing a crown, and drinking beer from a can) that they can write, produce, and act in a comedy show. He laughs at the idea that “girls” could do this, and then condescendingly asks whether one of them can bring him dinner — a chicken pot pie, perhaps. But before you can say “tired stereotype,” one of the women raises her hand and gleefully exclaims “I can!” only to be hushed by a colleague who continues making her very serious pitch — about women in comedy. Producer Kate Jones says the troupe has been at it for a year now, and it's new fall offering, "The One Year AnnivHERsary Show," assembles the best sketches from the group's time together. Acts include dueling dictator chefs, "Clitoris: the Musical," and a liquor cabinet coming to life. The show will also feature local comedians such as Emily Heller and Janine Brito, as well as musicians Rainbow Chair and Laura Weinbach.
Mondays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 8. Continues through Dec. 13, 2010

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