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Manhattan Stories: Improv in the Style of Woody Allen
Saturdays in September
Hideout Theater

    The Hideout Theatre - Austin's downtown improvisational comedy venue - and their cast of improvisers will stage the summer debut of Manhattan Stories: Improv in the Style of Woody Allen. Celebrating the director’s 40-plus years of film-making, the production brings the unique world-view of Woody Allen to life in a live, one-of-a-kind, improvised theatrical event running Saturdays in September at 8 p.m.
    Drawing inspiration from Allen's films - such as Hannah and Her Sisters and Annie Hall, Manhattan Stories explores both the comedy and drama in dysfunctional relationships, psychoanalytical insights and unique and neurotic characters trying to find happiness in a complicated world.  An intimate cast of ten improvisers create a tale centered around a group of erudite New Yorkers struggling to find meaning in their relationships, careers, and states of existence.
     The characters will be fleshed out before the audiences’ eyes, as their perspectives influence one another.  Lovers will find new lovers, artists will struggle with their careers and friends will discuss Nietzsche while waiting in line for a dry sandwich. Love will blossom and existence will be justified, if only for a moment.  The production is directed by Valerie Ward (of the internationally touring troupe, Parallelogramophonograph) and Jon Bolden - improv instructor at The Hideout Theatre -  and hosted by Woody Allen himself, as played by Bolden.
     Tickets for each show are $12, and will be available online in advance and at the box office 30 minutes before show time.
The Hideout Theatre is located at 617 Congress Avenue.  For more information, call (512) HIDE-OUT (443-3688) or visit www.HideoutTheatre.com.
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