Wednesday, November 23 at The PIT Underground, 7:30 pm: $5
It seems like a sensible enough idea to ready your stomach for the inevitable large amounts of food you are going to funnel into it come Thursday. Some may do this through going to the gym or going for a brisk walk. If that’s not your style, consider stretching out the old gut with some hearty laughter at The PIT’s night of comedy by an all-Latinx (for the uninformed, a gender-neutral term for Latina/Latino) lineup. You’ll be treated to stand-up, improv, storytelling, and other ways of spinning words in a humorous fashion. Plus, the event hints at “perhaps some delicious treats.” Whether this means metaphorical treats in the form of comedy or actual snacks, it sounds like a good evening to me.
A One Day Festival to Improve the World A Little Bit
Saturday, November 26 at Wild Project, shows at 4 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm: $10 each.
Shows with lengthy titles don’t always reflect this length in their runtime, but this one certainly does. That’s not because it’s some kind of ambitious undertaking to see who will stay in their seats the longest for the duration of one scene, but rather it’s three entirely separate shows in one day. You can choose between a mid-afternoon show of literary readings, an early evening experience of laughs and comedy, or a nighttime spread of music. Or, you can attend all three.
Each show in this festival is ten dollars, so it depends on how much you’re willing to shell out and how much time you’re wishing to commit. But this isn’t just any ordinary festival, using the funds it makes for some amorphous reason and selling water bottles for five dollars or something absurd like that. All the proceeds for every event in the day is going to be donated to one of three organizations: money from the literary reading show will be going to The International Refugee Assistance Project, money from the comedy show will be going to the ACLU, and money from the concert will be going to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The festival is the brainchild of Chris Duffy, a comedian behind You’re The Expert and The Sensible Show who has been featured in The New York Times, The AV Club, and more.
No Man’s Land
Continues through December 11 at TheaterLab, 7:30 pm (Sundays at 5 pm): $15 advance, $20 doors.
The Anthropologists don’t actually study in that field, but they do deal in “investigative theater,” melding real-life issues and questions with the creative process of theater. This can be through a fusion of theater and journalism, or in this company’s case, “exploring current social topics from an anthropological perspective in order to break down and unleash cultural discoveries.” In the past they’ve delved into questions of food accessibility and excess under capitalism, and for their latest show No Man’s Land they’re taking on fairy tales and their sometimes-suspect origins.
But this fairy tale didn’t come from the far-off past: specifically, the show explores the 2014 incidence of Jeremiah Heaton, a Virginia man who strove to create “The World’s First CrowdFunded Nation” (literally!) in northeast Africa to fulfill his seven year-old daughter’s dreams of being an IRL princess. This involved him actually flying to Africa, establishing what he called “The Kingdom of North Sudan,” and planting a flag in the ground. Do I even need to add that these people are white? Anyway, back to the show: the company will attempt to retell this curious and unsettling modern tale to expose its origins in “systemic racism and white privilege,” drawing from source material like W.E.B. Du Bois and Ta-Nehisi Coates, sometimes tripping over their own biases on the way.