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Full Frontal Nudity makes improv look effortless in Date Night

Lisa Much Lisa Much Full Frontal Nudity makes improv look effortless in Date NightThe cast of FFN's Date Night: Front Row (from left to right) Vicki Andronis, Erik Sternberger, Josh Kessler Back Row (from left to right) Peter Graybeal, Nikki Smith, Stephen Woosley, Erin Prosser Photo by Andy Batt.
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The cast of FFN's Date Night: Front Row (from left to right) Vicki Andronis, Erik Sternberger, Josh Kessler Back Row (from left to right) Peter Graybeal, Nikki Smith, Stephen Woosley, Erin Prosser Photo by Andy Batt.

It’s that time of year again! The time when schmucks feel obligated to take their significant other out, buy or accept roses, purchase and consume chocolate (or beef jerky in heart-shaped boxes—they exist at Kroger), and presumably make a bigger to-do than most any other night of the year. Or, it is the time when single people lament their situations and feel alone (perhaps with chocolate and/or wine).

To celebrate this, MadLab’s resident improv troupe Full Frontal Nudity (FFN) presents its annual Date Night in which they share stories of other people’s love.

Armed with a stage, a few chairs, wine and cheese, and a garish floral couch, FFN coaxes audience members onto the stage to answer a few questions about their relationship. They then present a long-form version of improv regarding the couple’s beginnings, present state, and the shenanigans in-between.

FFN features Vicki Andronis, Peter Graybeal, Josh Kessler, Erin Prosser, Nikki Smith, Erik Sternberger, Stephen Woosley, and director Andy Batt, who serves as host and couple interviewer for the evening. The troupe collaborates well to create seamless and captivating situations that ultimately make even the most boring people seem interesting. They make improv look effortless, a feat truly worth witnessing.

So here’s how I see it:

Couples, rather than spending too much money on a fancy dinner or something, get a pizza (or some simple dish of equal enjoyment) and attend Date Night. If you decide to go on stage, you get wine and cheese and satisfaction from having helped create a show. If not, you remain safely hidden in the audience and can still enjoy the performance.

Single people: gather your friend(s), get a pizza (or again, some simple dish of equal enjoyment) and attend Date Night. You can laugh at the performance and revel in the freedom of singleness with your fun, single friends. Perhaps you can go onstage as two friends because friendship is a beautiful, strong, relationship full of love. After all, is that not what we actually “celebrate” with Valentine’s Day?

For a unique, fun, and inexpensive evening out this V-Day season, grab a pizza (or…you get it) and catch FFN’s Date Night.

Date Night runs until February 15, at MadLab, 277 N. Third Street. Fri-Sat. at 8 pm. Tickets $10; $8 student/senior; $6 MadLab members.

More information can be found online at MadLab.net or at 614-221-5418.

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