Laughing With Wage House Improv

Intimate shows, courses and workshops are all onstage at this local improv theater.
David Rickerby.

Wage House is tucked away towards the back of the Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket, a few doors down from Crooked Current Brewery, a shy location for an outgoing group of individuals.

Open since February, the improv comedy theater conducts classes and workshops for all experience levels, and presents funky shows every Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost only $5.

Each show is intimate from the moment you walk in. Doors open at 7 p.m., but seating doesn’t begin until 7:50 p.m., so guests are greeted by a charming waiting room and outdoor area. Lights are strung from the ceiling and a bar serving beer and wine awaits those eager to begin the weekend. When it’s close to show time, visitors slip through a curtain and arrive in the stage area set with about three dozen seats.
Then the fun begins.

Two energetic groups are performing the night I find myself at Wage House: Up in the Attic, followed by Poolside. Both groups come out clapping, dancing and smiling, and each requests a word from the audience.

A man behind me yells “Pickle!,” and I’ll never think of it the same way again.

The group sways in imaginary brine in an imaginary jar, reminiscing fondly about the cucumber days, evoking laughter from the audience.
Sound strange? It should.

The beauty of the experience is that the comedy show has never been seen before and will never be seen again. It’s the ultimate had-to-be-there moment.




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