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Review: Arcade Comedy Theater has energetic opening

| Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Curt Wootton as 'Pittsburgh Dad' Friday, May 4, 2012 in Mowry Park in Pleasant Hills. Heidi Murrin Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Guitarist Martin Taylor Credit: Simon Murphy

Arcade Comedy Theater opened Friday evening with a full house and an equally full slate of local talents.

It's a welcome addition that increases the variety and energy of the Cultural District.

Located at 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown, in the space that formerly housed the Prima Espresso coffee shop, the interior now includes a lobby, a box office and a separate theater with a stage and rows of tightly configured seating.

Arcade Comedy Theater plans to offer shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with different headliners and performers at each show. At present the show schedule on the company's website lists only shows for some dates and times.

At Friday's 8 p.m. show, “Pittsburgh Dad” stand-up comedian Curt Wootton brought his locally flavored humor to the proceedings. Also illuminating the evening was the nationally known yo-yo artist Mark Hayward's polished performance, some inventive sketch humor from the troupe Frankly Scarlett and a long-form improv session from Player One, the house improve troupe.

Those contemplating a visit should know that the theater does not have a liquor license but has in place a BYOB beer and wine policy with a $2 per person corkage fee.

Admission will range from $5 to $10 depending on acts.

Details: 412-339-0608 or www.ArcadeComedyTheater.com

— Alice T. Carter

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