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Comedy Troupe Presents Sketch Show Tonight at John Carroll

The Public Squares' first show in four years, "Is Speed Dating an Olympic Sport," is a sketchy comedy that will be presented twice this weekend

The Public Squares comedy troupe returns after four years away from the stage with the mission to bring sketch comedy back to Northeast Ohio.

The journey begins at 8 p.m. tonight with “Is Speed Dating an Olympic Sport?” The show takes place at the Green Road Annex, 2200 S. Green Road, on the campus of John Carroll University. The group will give another performance on Saturday at the same time. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for both shows.

"It's a series of sketches in the show that are based on speed-dating, but it's not exclusively about that," said Andrew Craze, a Shaker resident who has performed with the troupe, but now handles lights and sound for the Public Squares.

"We tend to focus on sketches that are about relationships between people , but not always romantic. One is about a boss and a secretary, another is about how online video gamers relate together ... It's sort of a grab bag."

The sketch show will be fast-paced, with the eight-member cast changing and rearranging scenes themselves. The University Circles will provide and improv-based opening act.

"There are some great sketch groups, don't get me wrong, but you don't see quite as much of that here," said Craze, who began the Public Squares years ago with fellow entertainers he met at the now-closed Second City in Cleveland.

"There is certainly excitement, and we're enthused to be back, up and running."

Tickets are available by clicking here. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Student discount tickets for $8.00 available with a valid student ID.

For more information, email contact@thepublicsquares.com.

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