Have you ever wanted to see exactly what it would sound like when someone performs one of the Onion’s treasures, fully out loud and in front of an audience? For two shows at 6pm and 8pm, The Onion: America’s Finest News Source runs at L’Etage. This year, the theme is: The Year of the Raw Onion.
Presented by the Philadelphia’s absurdist theater organization, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, The Onion is in its seventh year. The production began as an acting exercise where funny articles were read out loud to see if the humor translated off the page. With a little tweaking, it did, and a show was born. IRC uses The Onion for its annual fundraiser, making the show a fan favorite every year.
The IRC’s own Tina Brock discussed the process of bringing the famous satirical news site to life with Geekadelphia. “Because the material was written first to be read and not performed, the dramatic action needs to be uncovered and brought to life. Takes a little direction and some costuming, the pieces are memorized. It’s an interesting dramaturgical/performance process, to maintain the content and uncover the forward momentum,” Brock said.
To keep the production timeless, the articles are drawn from the Commentary section of the website, so no political humor will be on display. Highlights this year include So Help Me God, I’m Going to Eat One of Those Multicolored Detergent Pods and I Only Like Movies Where the Cast Dances in a Little Box Next to the End Credits. Proceeds of the show benefit the IRC’s Philadelphia Fringe Production of Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs, running September 2016.
The Onion: America’s Finest News Source: The Year of the Raw Onion
Sunday, March 20 at 6pm and 8pm
624 S 6th Street, Philadelphia PA 19147
Tickets available online for $20