The Firehouse Theater was hoppin’ with Saturday’s sold out crowds. On tap for the 8:00pm show were Vlad Tenenbaum, Kevin Killavey, Clayon McFarlane, Dylan Eberle, Jim Foley, hosted by Frank Fusaro, and on keyboards our own talented sailor, Chuck Malone.
|Dylan, Clayon, and Frank in "Good Cop / Bad Cop"|
In “Good Cop / Bad Cop” Frank and Dylan took up the reins as the local law enforcement with Clayon as the perpetrator. In this bit, Frank and Dylan guide Clayon through their own unusual methods of interrogation, to get him to admit to the crime that is supplied by the audience. Tonight, Clayon had to confess to the crime of killing Mel Gibson, with a Lego, at a Brewery… Ah poor Clayon. While struggling with references to the illustrious Mr Gibson, he quickly owned up to the clues for legos and brewery. It really isn’t as easy as the Bit Players make it seem.
|"Irish Drinking Song" performed|
by Jim, Clayon, Frank, and Dylan
“Irish Drinking Song” featured Jim, Frank, Dylan and Clayon in the Irish styled musical limerick about Taylor the Nurse.
|Dylan, Frank, Clayon and Vlad in "Sportscasters"|
|"Doo Wop" featuring Jim, Kevin, Frank, and Dylan|
“Doo Wop” featured the musical talents of Jim, Kevin, Frank, and Dylan, with the rest of the cast providing backup in this 60’s style improvised song. In this musical bit, each of the players professed their love of the audience inspired item underwear, until Dylan completed the set by replacing the underwear with his new favorite thing….., his thong.
|Kevin and Clayon perform their Salsa song in "Telethon"|
All of the Bit Players participated in “Telethon”, a bit where each of the players are the talent bringing awareness to the fictitious, audience supplied cause. Tonight the players were raising money for NASCAR drivers. Metal-Head, Dylan started things off by singing (or something related to singing anyway) his NASCAR song , followed by Clayon and Kevin who sang in the genre style of Salsa, and Jim and Frank closed with the 80’s as their musical inspiration for the cause.
|Heidi is "Serenaded" by The Bit Players|
In the second set, Heidi celebrating the BIG 5-0 with her large group in the back of the theater, was called to the stage to be “Serenaded”. Heidi, a Yoga Instructor (or Yogini), is married to David, the Project Manager, who was also in the crowd tonight as were Heidi’s three children, Hannah, Cameron, and Oliver. The Bit Players did not disappoint them or Heidi and made up an improvised song all about Heidi and her family in honor of the momentous occasion.
|The Bit Players perform "The North Korea Blues"|
“The Blues” finished out the 8:00pm show. In this musical number, the bits improvise a song on the spot from an audience suggested topic. Tonight’s inspiration; “The North Korea Blues”.
In the 10:00pm Bit Players show, Vlad took over the hosting duties accompanied by fellow players, Frank, Clayon, and Jim. Joining the bits for the late night show were Jessica Bradley and Patrick Dugan. Dylan moved into the bandstand to help out Chuck with the musical stylings for the show.
|Vlad and Clayon in "Stunt Doubles"|
“Stunt Doubles” has the late night crowd both giggling and cringing in this zany bit about exterminators. Patrick and Jessica, the pretentious actors acted out a scene, when they did not want to perform the physical action, they called on their stunt doubles, Vlad and Clayon to execute the action for them. In the scene Vlad and Clayon found themselves having to retrieve chemicals from the truck, hold the hose, and stomp on the bugs, all of which had the crowd in stitches.
|Dave is "Serenaded" on his birthday by The Bit Players|
Dave also celebrating his 50th birthday was brought up to the stage to be “Serenaded”. Dave, the retired Lowes Store Owner, from Newington, CT celebrating with wife Doreen (the nurse) and daughter Abby, took a little ribbing from the bits in the improvised song they created just for him on his special day.
|Clayon, Patrick and Frank in "That Sounds Like A Song"|
The audience inspired by their own late night imbibing provided the suggestion of “The Last Beer” as the inspiration for the next bit, “That Sounds Like a Song” performed by Frank, Patrick, and Clayon. In this bit the players had to break into song with their next dialog, when directed by Vlad. Patrick began the scene with his musical intonation of “I worked 16 hours”, followed by Frank’s melody of “I have a lot of reasons why I don’t drink”. In true Clayon style, he wrapped up the bit with his tune “I have to watch the horses having sex”…
|The Bit Players perform "The Getting Married Blues"|
As per their customary ending, the Bit Players closed the show with “The Blues” song. Fittingly, there was a young bachelorette in the crowd, which made the perfect muse for “The Getting Married Blues”.
The Bit Players perform improv comedy every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00pm at the Firehouse Theatre, 4 Equality Park Place (off Broadway), Newport, RI 02840. Please call the box office for reservations and information about all of the shows 401-849-FIRE (3473) And it is always BYOB!