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The popular sketch-comedy troupe EstroFest returns to the stage this month with an all-new production, with six shows beginning Jan. 21. Tickets are on sale now at all area Wegmans. Tickets are $20 general admission ($12 students with valid ID). For more information please call (585) 461-9126 or visit estrofestlaughs.com. Critically acclaimed EstroFest performs a comical palette of hilarious sketches and outrageous video vignettes, on stage at Nazareth College Arts Center located on the Nazareth College Campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.
EstroFest is Dresden Engle, Marlena Dater, Andrea Holland, Norma Holland, Allison Roberts, and Freyda Schneider. EstroFest members Marlena Gaby-Dater (stage name Marlena Dater), a musical theater student and senior at Nazareth, and Nazareth alum Allison Roberts, who founded EstroFest, plus director Don Kot, director of musical theater at Nazareth. These entertaining women write, produce, and perform all their sketches and videos. Their work is reminiscent of such comedic legends as Gilda Radner and Carol Burnett, as well as the sketches and videos of Saturday Night Live and Mad TV. A male guest star will join the cast on stage for each performance, plus several local performers are featured in the comedic videos screened throughout the production.
After experiencing last year’s show, City Newspaper’s Eric Rezsnyak said, “EstroFest is a riot” and critic Jack Garner said, “EstroFest gets you laughing and gets you thinking … the talented women of EstroFest get more creative, wackier, and funnier, all the time.”
The new show features audience involvement and a dash of improv, with sketches and video interludes about hilarious subjects like a superhero who always tells the truth, even if it blows your cover; newscasts gone terribly wrong; the reason why you should never cash in a half-price gift certificate for a massage; a promotion for the upcoming reality show “Shut Up SWAT,” which features law enforcement rushing in when intervention is needed at an over-the-top holiday party; and an updated take on the classic Golden Books series. The 2011 show also features a return of the singin’-and-dancin’ McFeeley Sisters.
Since its first show in 1999, EstroFest has performed mainly in Rochester but also has performed Off-Broadway and in Toronto, earning four stars from The Toronto Star (“Hugely funny … one act you won’t soon forget”). EstroFest was the brainchild of Allison Roberts, who had an epiphany after witnessing a group of women laughing together on the street.
EstroFest Show Times:
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 (guest star: Peter Doyle)
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 (guest star: Reuben Tapp)
7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 (guest star: Ken Klamm)
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 (guest star: Ray Salah)
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 (guest star: Ralph Meranto)
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 (guest star: Dan Hoak)
Nazareth College Arts Center is the Rochester region's premiere mid-size theater and venue for world-class dance, children's theatre and international entertainment. The Arts Center brings to Rochester many of the same shows enjoyed by audiences at New York's Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.) The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Rochester Children's Theatre and the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. For additional information, visit www.naz.edu/artscenter.