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Seasonal Special Happenings

Improv at the Big Dog

When: Fri., Aug. 26 2011

The Angry Ladies of Improv aren't really ticked off. They're just fierce, formidable, and very funny. The four-member Cleveland troupe — Dionne Atchison, Brenna "MC" Connor, Tracy Cubbal, and Marjorie Preston — came together last year to practice what's formally known as long-form improvised comedy. In layman's terms, that means they craft 20-minute "plays" from audience suggestions, all in the blink of an eye. "We have really good 'group mind,'" says member and freelance writer Marjorie Preston. "We share complementary strengths: One of us may be acting wacky, while another one has an idea in mind of where the skit should go." Like her co-comics, Preston has been up to funny stuff for a long time: Her résumé includes sketch-writing classes at Second City, membership in Something Dada, and training at the former Cleveland Improv Institute. You can find her and the rest of the Angry Ladies at Big Dog Theater in Coventry tonight at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 by phone, online, or at the door, where only cash is accepted. One caveat: Be careful what you ask for. "If someone suggests 'gynecologist visit,' that's what you'll see for 20 minutes," Preston warns. And nobody wants that. — Cicora 2781 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights; 216-472-3636;