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The UCB Theatre Presents Harry Potter and the Weekend of Harry Potter Themed Comedy

Feb 19, 2015


The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre will feature two magical nights of Harry Potter-themed comedy shows to coincide with the release of the movie "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows." The weekend features the premiere of The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical! on Friday, November 19th at Midnight, and then on Saturday, November 20th at Midnight The Hogwarts Improvisation Society presents an evening of fierce improvised competition between the houses of Gryffindor & Slytherin!

The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical!
- The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players will bring their special brand of revisionist artistry to New York's Upright Citizens Brigade on Friday, November 19th at Midnight for one special night of conservative-friendly musical theater. They'll present a much-improved (and correct) version of J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter series -- this time, witchcraft is evil and Jesus is good! Because who said God-fearing Christians couldn't enjoy Harry Potter too? No one!

Inspired by Kirk Cameron, Hollywood star and hardcore Evangelical Christian, The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players have played to sold out crowds at community theaters, Growing Pains fan conventions, and creation museums all over America. The audience is encouraged to bring Harry Potter books and Leonardo DiCaprio DVDs to the show. There will be a book and DVD burning during the performance.

The Hogwarts Improvisation Society
- Wizards, witches, Muggles and Squibs! You are cordially invited to the Hogwarts Improvisational Society's annual championship gala on Saturday, November 20th at Midnight. Cheer on three-time champions Slytherin as they battle their arch rivals Gryffindor in an evening of mirth and magic. Wear your house colors! (No Death Eaters, please!)

For more information on these and all of our other shows, or to make reservations for a show, visit us at or call 212.366.9176.
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Citizen Rothstein Reviewed on

Feb 19, 2015

Caitlin Tegart

Citizen Rothstein @ UCBT - 11.12.10

Earlier this year, legendary theater scribe and executive producer, David Mamet sent a memo to the writing staff of the since-canceled television show The Unit wherein he proffered advice on how to avoid writing bad drama that bores audiences.

Among the list was the simple idea that 'anytime two characters are talking about a third, the scene is a crock of shit.' Well, it isn't often that maxims of this power are challenged, let alone successfully. In the one-woman show Citizen Rothstein, the audience is treated to six different characters talking about a 'third' and never once is shit-crocked.

The brain child of writer/performer Nicole Shabtai and director Caitlin Tegart, Citizen Rothstein is a 30-minute character study centered around Ava Rothstein, a privileged 13-year-old girl who is days away from a highly-publicized Bat Mitzvah promising to be the social event of the season.

Though we never actually see Ava, we learn about her through a gauntlet of troubled friends, family and personal employees who shape the context of her adolescent life. From Ava's mentally-broken rabbi, whose reluctance to perform the ceremony parodies the opening moments of Apocalypse Now, to Real Housewife Jill Zarin desperately fishing for an invite via incessant Facebook videos, Shabtai and Tegart delicately navigate Ava from a spoiled brat to troubled youth to fetishized fashion accessory, creating an engaging tableau evoking the screwball pictures of George Kukor and Woody Allen's Jewish neuroticism.

Citizen Rothstein has all the elements one expects from a good show, namely, big characters with clearly defined behavioral quirks and strong points-of-view, but because of the compelling narrative around which the piece is wrapped, it never feels like anything other than theater.

It is a comedic-drama that explores the tragedy of characters who are ridiculously overwhelmed with the absurd pressures they're facing in life, in this case, being rich on the Upper East Side. And because Shabtai delights in the struggles of her characters, who are essentially hapless victims of circumstance, the audience takes delight in both laughing at and commiserating with the affected. It's an incredible testament to a writer/performer who I don't see requiring any memos from the desk of David Mamet any time soon.

* THE PLUG: Don't miss Nicole Shabtai in
'Citizen Rothstein,'
happening WEDS, NOV 24 @ 8PM at The UCBT-NY | $5

-- Lucas Hazlett is a comedy geek who improvises with anyone he can.
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James Adomian, Donald Glover, DC Pierson named "Actors to Watch in 2011"

Feb 19, 2015

10 Actors To Watch in 2011 

We take a look at ten actors who may breakout in the next year!

In the old days people used to expect 15 minutes of fame, at best. And that was the way it went. Now the people who reach for the brass ring seem to just linger around. This might have something to do with shows like Celebrity Fit Club, The Surreal Life, Dancing with the Stars and Dancing With The People Who Once Danced With The Stars and other such fame-holdover programs. You've got to wonder if shows like this are diluting the meaning of fame. The point is, every actor or actress who breaks into that coveted "national name" status is probably at their best in those golden moments of their first fifteen minutes.

Recently, we assembled a list of the actors who may actually became the biggest fish in the small pond that is Hollywood. Some of these guys might have been around for a while and are just about to become the new hotness. Others are almost completely new on the scene but looking to blow up. Either way if you want to get them while they're hot, and not when they "used to be hot, but for some reason they still have a TV show and even that's not very good," then this is the list for you.

Donald Glover (Troy - Community)

Another Community actor to start of a list? Yup! All you have to do is watch one episode and you'll see why this young actor is already on the verge of superstardom. But while this is his first big role, he's not a stranger to TV, having written on 30 Rock and The Daily Show for some time, and before that he was bringing the laughter with his internet sketch team sensation Derrick Comedy. Donald Glover's ease with comedy and stunning ability to deliver the most farcical lines with a straight face will keep him deeply entrenched in sitcoms for years to come. But I think he's due for much more. Hell, he was even an internet favorite to star in Spider-Man! (look it up).

Why He'll Break Out in 2011: With a hit stand-up special, a hit television show, and a cult favorite movie (Mystery Team) he's already very far along. He'll be announced as the lead in some big Hollywood remake before we know it. Hey, maybe that film will be The Muppets. Oh, yeah.

DC Pierson (Derrick Comedy)

Here's one you probably don't know, but you should. Another alumni of Derrick Comedy, DC Pierson has just started showing up on television (he's been on Community more then once); but his real talent shows in the cult hit Mystery Team. Check these out before he lands his first regular cast role and you'll see why this guy is just waiting outside fame's door. In the next few years all of the Derrick folks will be breaking into the limelight, but I think that DC is next; not only because of his talent, but he simply has a great look.

He's one part regular guy, one part Hanson band member and one part gifted deliverer of exposition.

Why He'll Break Out in 2011: I'll let the Derrick sketches speak for themselves here. Check out these two with DC and Donald kicking it funny style: and Oh and check out the rest of the Derrick regulars, because they would all be on this list if there was space.

David Blue (Eli - Stargate Universe)

Peter Serafinowicz (Fa'ad -
Running Wilde)

James Adomian (

Here's another guy you may not recognize right away, but if you've even seen or heard somebody playing George Bush on TV or in a movie (like say Harold and Kumar 2) well that's him. This gifted stand-up and impressionist is on his way to overnight fame with upcoming series "KROG," in while he'll be the lead. The series, which is about the members of a GWAR like band that are in fact real demons trying to take over the world with music may end up being a flash in the pan, or a giant hit.

But either way, Adomian will make his skills known. If you want to get a taste of the man's gift for voices and humor now, look out for him when he's touring the nation at various Stand-Up clubs. When he's the biggest name in comedy you'll be glad you did. Also listen closely to radio/podcast sensation Comedy Death-Ray Radio for regular appearances as a variety of celebrities and characters.

Why He'll Break Out in 2011: James Adomian has all the hallmarks of a major star, he's simply not quite a known property yet. "KROG," or any of the other projects he's already attached too in 2011 will do the job of getting the message out. He'll have his own sketch show before you know it. Just imagine Frank Caliendo only more well rounded (and talented) and boom!

Charlie McDermott (Axl Heck - The Middle)

Dan Byrd (
Cougar TownEasy A)

Michael Raymond-James (
TerriersTrue Blood)

Noel Fisher (Various)

Ryan Robbins (Henry -
LA General

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