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Off the Cuff: Fun, Family-friendly Salute to Our Military Performs May 23, 2015


ESCONDIDO, CA - A one night only performance featuring improvisational scenes will be presented on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 7pm at Patio Playhouse in Escondido.

This unusual production appears in a different version every month throughout the calendar year. It is the brainchild of Patio veteran director, actress and lighting designer, Deborah Zimmer. This time the theme is: A Salute to our Military. “We appreciate all they do to protect our freedoms,” says Zimmer.

The cast is comprised of a variety of local actors of all ages, many of whom have appeared at Patio at various times. It is always a good show!

“It is such fun and I love the surprise element” says frequent performer Connie Boyd. Another frequent performer, Peggy Schneider, says “It is great exercise for an actor, a great way to improve your acting skills.” And actor, Adam Sheldon says, “Helps to keep those acting muscles well-toned.”

Zimmer employs a variety of improvisational comedy techniques similar to the popular TV show, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”. She often suggests characters and situations to the actors and then- presto---they must perform the scene. Often, she assigns them characters such as a “confused traffic cop” or a “frustrated teacher.”

A frequent performer with many shows to his credit, Geoffrey A. Cox, says of the family friendly shows, “Usually the teenage actors do a much better job than some of the adults.”

To add to the fun, suggestions are often taken from the audience and in some cases, audience members may even be invited on stage. Often, a scene is repeated in a different style, such as Soap Opera or Country Western song…. The actors need to switch swiftly from one style to another.

Tickets are still at a wallet-friendly price of $7 per person at the door or four for $20---pre-paid……

Reservations may be made by calling 760-746-6669 or on line at reservations.patioplayhouse.com.

Patio Playhouse is located at 116 So. Kalmia in Escondido (between Vinz Wine Bar and Continental Deli)

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