Performance Picks: Dystopian Foster Wallace, Chocolate Dances, Anti-Bannon Seinfeld

(image via The Annoyance)
(image via The Annoyance)


Infinite Jets
Thursday, December 1 at The Annoyance Theater, 9 pm: $10. 

Surely many of you have taken a crack at reading David Foster Wallace’s behemoth of a novel Infinite Jest; perhaps some have even gotten through the entire thing. Or maybe the idea of parsing through a book so large it could double as a weapon seems daunting, and you’d rather sit in a basement watching a comedy show that vaguely riffs on the novel but is set in a vaguely dystopian future where the NFL is in cahoots with the government. In that case, Brian Pisano and Sam Taffe’s sketch comedy play Infinite Jets may be the thing for you. Our current future prospects aren’t looking too hot, so might as well laugh at a made-up future before ours becomes all too real. The show comes as a double feature with Deep Space Live, a late night talk show set in space hosted by a man whose only friend is a robot.


Sterling Witt (image via Chocolate Dances / Facebook)
Sterling Witt (image via Chocolate Dances / Facebook)

Wild Women
Continues through December 10 at Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, 7 pm (Sunday shows at 2 pm): $20 advance, $25 doors. 

Many creators name their artistic groups without taking the terms they’re using literally, but you’ll be glad to know that the chocolate in dance company Chocolate Dances is very, very present, both in the dance itself and for you to place in your mouth. Yes, Megan Sipe, the woman at the helm of Chocolate Dances is both a choreographer/dancer and a literal chocolatier, and she has combined the two into one glorious concoction. Their latest show, Wild Women, is a dance piece inspired by an array of watercolor portraits of contemporary artist Sterling Witt, a musician who once made a series of paintings by shooting a rifle at spray paint cans. During the show, audience members will receive several of Chocolate Dances’s handcrafted truffles, which contain a variety of chocolate types and flavor infusions. Dairy-free options are also available.


(flyer via Bellevue Comedy / Facebook)
(flyer via Bellevue Comedy / Facebook)

Improvised Seinfeld: F*ck Steve Bannon Benefit Show
Saturday, December 3 at UCB Chelsea, midnight: $5. 

When Steve Bannon, who was condemned by the Anti-Defamation League as “a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists,” became Trump’s pick for White House chief strategist, the feathers of the left-leaning (and might I say, decent) world collectively ruffled. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that our President-Elect and his group of pale-faced cronys are attempting to make the “white” in “White House” ring true in a way that should strike fear and anger into everyone’s heart, and people are scrambling to do something about it. Some call their reps, some write articles, some put on shows for charity. Joining the ranks of the many nonprofit benefit shows cropping up lately is a philanthropic version of Bellevue Comedy’s Improvised Seinfeld, a comedy show that is exactly what you think it is.

There’s a unique and purposeful reason that Improvised Seinfeld specifically is getting together to raise money for a good cause: Steve Bannon himself used to be an executive producer in the Hollywood film and TV industry, and bought a share of Seinfeld‘s royalties when it was still in its early stages. The money he’s made off the show has comprised a significant amount of the fortune he has today. Thus, a gaggle of comedians will get together and improvise an episode of Seinfeld for your enjoyment without providing Bannon any more royalty money for his grubby hands to snatch onto. All ticket proceeds are going to Make the Road NY, a local nonprofit organization that works to empower Latino and working-class people.


(image via The PIT)
(image via The PIT)

Room 4
Sunday, December 4 at The PIT, 5 pm: $10. 

Sketch comedy duo Marina and Nicco spent six months in a residency at The PIT, penning intriguing and comedic pieces like a 5-hour marathon of murder mystery radio plays and a story of a date that ends up in the emergency room. They’ve now returned to their home base with a new play, Room 4, that takes place in the waiting room of an audition, where 4 black actors have been sitting for quite some time. In fact, it’s uncertain if they will ever leave, as it seems they’re stuck in a time loop. Not just any time loop, but one where they must repeatedly audition for the lauded role of… “Drug Dealer #2.” Part comedy, part rumination on how actors of color are treated in the industry and beyond (with regards to #OscarsSoWhite, of course), Room 4 has already been named a comedy Critic’s Pick in The New York Times and been acclaimed by many other publications. This Sunday at 5 pm is your last chance to see it.

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