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ImprovAcadia returns to Bangor

January 9, 2019
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BANGOR – One of Maine’s most venerable improvisational institutions is back for another go-round in Bangor.

ImprovAcadia, the Bar Harbor-based improv theater that just wrapped up its 15th season, has returned to the Bangor area for a limited run. IA is continuing the partnership begun last year with Penobscot Theatre Company at PTC’s Dramatic Academy space, located at 51 Main St. in Bangor.

IA owner-operators Jen Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut began their six-week mini-season last weekend, with their “Harold Club” on Friday night. The show, named after a classic long-form improv structure, will feature groups of area improvisers of varying levels of experience. These groups will be divided into two teams; each team will take to the stage and present a set of long-form improv. These shows will take place on Friday evenings starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.

On Saturdays, IA will be offering a variety of different, more specialized shows. For instance, on Jan. 5, IA presented “Student Teacher,” a short-form showcase wherein Shepard was joined onstage by four of her former improv students – Ira Kramer, Grace Livingston-Kramer, Alek Sayers and Michelle Weatherbee.

Upcoming shows include:

Jan. 12 – Second Banana. This format involves taking a classic literary work and using some of the secondary characters to construct something altogether new. This show will feature Allen Adams, Kae Cooney, Jason Preble, Amy Roeder and Shepard.

Jan. 19 – Teachers Lounge Mafia. This show will feature western Maine’s favorite improvising educators working in tandem with ImprovAcadia to create a whirlwind of made-up comedy. TLM appearances in this neck of the woods are rare, so take advantage.

Jan. 26 – Community Well. In this format, members of the community are brought onstage to share stories that serve as the inspiration for an improvised evening. Past participants include nature expert Tony Sohns and BSO conductor Lucas Richman. This one will feature Bangor mayor Sarah Nichols telling her tales.

All Saturday shows are $10.

There’s more to come in February as well; if you’re interested in what IA is bringing to 51 Main, you can find more information on Facebook. There’s a real wealth of improv talent around these days, both in this region and statewide. This series is one way to experience some of that vast variety for yourselves, right in your own backyard.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that 51 Main has a limited capacity, so if you want to make sure you have a seat, you should show up early or make reservations by calling 288-2503 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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