Teachers Lounge Mafia perform Dec. 5 & 6

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FARMINGTON – On Dec. 5 and 6, audiences are invited to the inaugural performance of western Maine’s new comedy troupe, Teachers Lounge Mafia, in Stale Milk & Sour Cookies: An Evening of Irreverent Holiday Comedy, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Theater on the University of Farmington campus.

The performance features a collection of all-original sketch and improv comedy designed to make Aunt Edna’s fruitcake edible and Uncle Bunny’s singing bearable. All proceeds will go toward Sandy River Players and improving the theater group’s playhouse.

Alex Kreitzman, member of the Teachers Lounge Mafia comedy troupe, appears in Stale Milk & Sour Cookies, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in UMF’s Alumni Theater to benefit Sandy River Players. (Photo by Dan Ryder)

Stale Milk & Sour Cookies takes a comic look at the annual struggles we face this time of year: embarrassing relatives, obnoxious guests, awful presents, corny TV specials and the host of those ShamWow ads. Skits written by the troupe will be combined with classic improv games given a seasonal bent. And there will even be a sincere song or two to keep the holiday spirit happy. The humor will be plentiful but audiences should be aware that it is not for all-ages. Audience discretion is advised.

Last year, Sandy River Players hosted a performance of David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries. Those who enjoyed that show should feel right at home with Stale Milk & Sour Cookies.

Teachers Lounge Mafia consists of area comic actors, Emily Pottle, Alex Kreitzman, Jeff Bailey, Kyla Wheeler, Natalie Bean, and Dan Ryder. Several are former members of other improv groups, while the rest aren’t. Taking inspiration from the early years of Saturday Night Live, Upright Citizens Brigade, Kids in the Hall, The State, the writings of David Sedaris and Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as their own twisted comic stylings, the Teachers Lounge Mafia hope to bring something different to the foothills – and still be allowed to live here.

Stale Milk & Sour Cookies runs for one weekend only, Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Theater on the UMF campus. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door and benefit Sandy River Players. Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved by calling the SRP Box Office phone at 779-7084. For more information, contact Teachers Lounge Mafia at teachersloungemafia@gmail.com

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