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Tuesday
Jan042011

First Impressions of The PIT's New Theater

Over the weekend, The People's Improv Theater formally moved to its new location on 24th Street between Park and Lexington. There is no "PIT East: The Beast," as was previously hinted at in a full page ad in The Onion. There is only one space because I hear that everything is out of the 29th Street location and Ali turned in the keys. (Good luck getting the security deposit back with that hole in the wall!)

I went up to the new space last night just to check it out and they happened to be holding their FIRST SHOW EVER on the new stage (What luck!!). It was a student graduation show (It could be worse!!).

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

--You will be blown away; the place is sick. You enter into a full bar detailed in black and red, complete with seating, tables, flatscreens and lacquered wood. It looks classy, like a nice place you would want to drink at anyways.

--The theater comfortably seats 100 or so which is almost twice as many as before.  Which translates to: you can get there a half hour early instead of an hour early to get a guaranteed seat for a Super Free Wednesday show.  

--My biggest issue with the old space was that it was difficult to slink into a performance late. Assuming you were allowed in late, you'd have to walk all the way to the stage and then up into a seat while disrupting everyone/ruining everyone's night. Here, you can sneak in and out, distantly from the stage in the cover of total darkness. I'm guessing you can also go out for a beer or a bathroom break without causing a ruckus--not sure if that will be encouraged though.

--Speaking of seats, the steep stadium seating is raked in a way that if you sit at the top, you might get a little extra show with your show: your sightline is right down the low cut blouses of busty improvisers! Creepy or awesome?

--BRING YOUR HANDICAPPED FRIENDS: Whether you're a comedy lover who's sprained an ankle or you're in a medically induced coma, you can easily wheel into the theater without climbing (and subsequently tumbling down) a flight of stairs.

--The theater is in a pleasing proximity to Shake Shack, a bunch of Indian buffets and the stomping grounds of the creature known as He-Man. These are all good things.

What do you think? What are your first impressions of the new space?

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Reader Comments (3)

Checking it out tonight.

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIAN

busty improvisers? creepy.

the space is amazing.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree

As a man, I have to say...AWESOME.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSean

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