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Given Half A Chance to open in refurbished Elmwood Theater Loft space

For the first time in years, 545 Elmwood Avenue, aka the Elmwood Theater Loft, will be opening for a performance. Not long ago, there were talks about transitioning the Elmwood live performance venue into apartments. But as luck would have it, American Repertory Theater stepped up to secure the venue as one of its two dedicated spaces. 545 Elmwood was selected as the theater company’s more intimate setting for shows, with a seating capacity of 99. 

On Wednesday, November 7, the Elmwood Theater Loft will come alive once more. The show, titled Given Half A Chance, will not only be a wonderful chance to catch a fun-loving improv performance, it’s going to be the first time that audience members will be able to see all of the improvements that have been made to the venue. As for the show:

Improvisers without a clue are paired with actors who’ve memorized scripts—and must stick to them no matter what! Eight crazy mashed up scenes from four scripts written by local playwrights with talented actors and improvisers trying their darnest to have the scenes make sense. Given Half a Chance is a perfect juxtaposition of theatre and improv that will leave you in stitches!

Assuming that Given Half a Chance is a hit with the crowd, American Repertory Theater is considering repeating it in the spring. But for now, the half scripted, half improv show will be held for one night only. 

More about the performance:

The show features the talents of John Kreuzer, Kevin Di Lucente, Alex Watts, Marisa Caruso, Rich Kraemer, Melissa Levanthal, Emily Yancey, and Bob Mazierski. 

The plays are written locally by Donna Hoke, Justin Karcher, John Snodgrass and Matthew LaChiusa. 

Hosted and conceptualized by Amy Feder. 

Given Half A Chance

An ART special event

November 7, 2018



American Repertory Theater | 545 Elmwood Avenue | Buffalo NY

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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