Theater Onward and Upward with the People’s Republic of Komedy
posted by April 14 at 14:10 PMon
Good news from the ever-ambitious people at PROK: The Republic is spreading to New York and Los Angeles.
This summer, emissaries from PROK, some of whom have already made advance moves eastward and southward, will begin regular shows at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood and (probably) Pianos on the Lower East Side.
More details forthcoming. But, for now, congratulations!
In more middling news: PROK-Seattle is moving Laff Hole (its weekly, flagship comedy night) from Chop Suey into the upstairs theater at Capitol Hill Arts Center.
I’m guessing they’re moving because a) the closure of the Crocodile has made it more urgent for Chop Suey to book rock acts on Wednesday nights and b) Chop Suey never was an ideal venue for comedy. It was too easy to lose the crowd in that big, unfocused cavern of a room.
But moving back to CHAC, which has been a revolving door for theaters and arts organizations, doesn’t seem like the best ideaŚnot least because PROK and CHAC already lived together once, a couple of years ago. It didn’t work out.
And, as wise people say, there are no second acts in love.
PROK should move to Re-bar, home of Dina Martina and Brown Derby and Greek Active and two decades of marrying drinking, theater, and comedy. The Republic and Re-bar belong together.
Can some matchmaker get on that?