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UglyRhino turns theater into drinking game at Brooklyn Lyceum

Dram and drama: Theater troupe turns play into drinking game

for The Brooklyn Paper

Theater kids have the best parties.

A new theater night has attendees imbibe at the certain cues during the six 10-minute plays — getting audience members saucier as the dramas unfold.

“We tend to leave the craziest play or the funniest or the silliest to the end,” said UglyRhino executive producer Bryce Norbitz.

“We program it so the one you want to be more toasted for is at the end of the night. We want people to end in a good mood and stick around.”

It’s no surprise that for some theater-goers, the drinks are the draw.

That means they’re a great way to lure new drama fans into attending the productions, which many of which are Brooklyn playwrights’ submissions and include original scores and effects.

“The reason we started doing the drinking game was that so many of the submissions were so great, we wanted to work with more of these people,” said Norbitz, who says the company has worked with over 200 artists since it was founded, most of them from Brooklyn.

The rapid-fire plays are just part of the UglyRhino’s ways to bring a party atmosphere to community theater.

This month they’re offering a new “micro-season” of two mainstage plays at the Brooklyn Lyceum— an adaptation of “The Awakening,” by Kate Chopin and a glam-rock musical called “GLAMDROMEDA.”

One $18 ticket to the UglyRhino’s showcase gets a visitor a seat for two fully-produced plays, a live concert, a DJ’ed after-party and a two free drinks inspired by the performances.

“It’s more like having a night out on the town, then just going to see a show as usual,” said Norbitz.

“We wanted to make it so you could see a play, a band, get a drink, dance, and not have to go to different places all night,” he said.

The Lyceum, a 102-year-old building on Fourth Avenue that was originally constructed to house an indoor pool, is one of the few venues that could support such a multi-faceted evening of drama and drinking all under one roof, Norbitz said.

Theater-goers can also look forward to the UglyRhino’s Halloween event, where ticket holders will be treated to a generous six drinks per person.

UglyRhino’s micro-season at the Brooklyn Lyceum [227 4th Ave., between Union and President streets in Park Slope, (718) 857–4816. www.brooklynlyceum.com] August 15 – 31, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as Saturday, August 25. 8 pm. $18.

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