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BREWER – Some of the best improvisational comedy groups from all over the state of Maine are descending on the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer this weekend.

On Nov. 8 and 9, local improv troupe The Focus Group will once again be playing host to the Improv ME Festival. Sessions will take place at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 and at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Now in its fifth year, Improv ME is the largest annual assemblage of improv talent in the state of Maine. With three sessions over two days featuring seven different groups, audiences will get the chance to experience some of the best improv that Maine has to offer. The producing sponsor of the Improv ME Festival is Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company, a role they have filled since the festival's inception. The media sponsor is The Maine Edge.

Joining The Focus Group will be: Bar Harbor’s ImprovAcadia, Farmington’s Teachers Lounge Mafia, Orono’s Improv In Sanity, Camden’s The Cool Kids’ Table, Bangor’s Queen City Improv and southern Maine’s You Should Smile More.

In addition to the groups listed, the festival will close out with an improv surprise featuring players from a variety of different troupes; expect the unexpected even more than usual from Improv ME’s final set.

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BREWER – One of the region’s entertainment mainstays is turning 10.

Improv comedy troupe The Focus Group is marking its 10-year anniversary with a celebratory performance. “Our Big Dumb Decade” will take place on April 19 at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer – the longtime home of the group. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $5.

The show will feature members of the group both past and present, as well as a number of special guests who have shared the stage with the Focus Group at various times over the past decade.

(Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, the writer of this story – and this note – is a founding member of The Focus Group. He is also not even a little bit sorry to be taking advantage of his position to promote this auspicious anniversary.)

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:15

ImprovAcadia returns to Bangor

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.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:21

Five years of funny with Improv ME

BREWER – Some of the best improvisational comedy groups from all over the state of Maine are descending on the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer.

On Nov. 2 and 3, local improv troupe The Focus Group will once again be playing host to the Improv ME Festival. Sessions will take place at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 and at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Now in its fifth year, Improv ME is the largest annual assemblage of improv talent in the state of Maine. With three sessions over two days featuring seven different groups, audiences will get the chance to experience some of the best improv that Maine has to offer.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:13

ImprovAcadia: 15 years of fun

BAR HARBOR - Improvisational comedy is one of the ultimate high-wire acts in the entertainment realm. Watching as a group of quick-thinking, quicker-witted actors strive to generate engaging performances on the fly can be both exhilarating and exhausting when improv is good, it can be very good, but when it’s bad? It’s BAD.

However, when it comes to the work being done by ImprovAcadia, a short-form improv theater just beginning its 15th season at 15 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, you’ll never have to worry about the latter. This is a group that is inevitably powered by speed and smarts, bringing some of the best improv you’re likely to see anywhere right into our own backyard.

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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:02

Coming together for comedy

Third Improv ME Festival welcomes improvisers from all over Maine, New England

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:36

Improv and the honesty of the moment

TJ Jagodowski to perform with Bar Harbor's ImprovAcadia

BAR HARBOR One of the most well-known, well-respected figures in the contemporary improv scene is coming to the area.

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