What: Friday improv

Details: Triage, Reality Benders perform 7 p.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. Jan. 12, at Cascades Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend; $5 general admission; cascadestheatrical.org or 541-389-0803. Bend Improv Group appears in the 2018 Season Launch Party, which starts with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Friday, at 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend; $13 in advance, $15 at the door; 2ndstreettheater.com or 541-312-9626. B.I.G. will give its first big performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

Bend’s comedy improv troupes are busily planning the surely hilarious year that lies ahead, but there are a couple of more chances to catch them before they bid adieu to 2017.

On Friday, Triage and sibling group Reality Benders will perform at Cascades Theatre, troupe leader Rhonda Ealy said.

A few blocks away, Bend Improv Group, led by Brad Knowles, will be part of the proceedings at 2nd Street Theater’s 2018 Season Launch Party, which kicks off with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by previews of theater and comedy offerings in the upcoming year.

Triage, Reality Benders

According to Ealy, Triage and Reality Benders plan to “play around with New Year’s resolutions … sing songs about that. It’s kind of a tradition for us. (We’ll) talk about our quirky families, try to incorporate some of the holiday stuff, because I’m sure people will be dragging their families to the show,” she said, laughing.

That means you may want to purchase tickets in advance for Friday’s Triage/Reality Benders show. While the monthly performances regularly draw about 75 people to the theater, Ealy expects this holiday weekend show to fill the house.

Over the past year, Triage and Reality Benders have made Cascades Theatre their home. In June, they became an official part of Cascades Theatrical Company, which owns the Greenwood Avenue theater. Falling under the CTC banner will help their cause of finding a new space with the announced shuttering of Bend’s Community Center, the troupes’ longtime practice and class space.

Triage is made up of a core group of eight people, including Ealy, that will celebrate 15 years together in 2018. “It is kind of crazy that we’ve been together so long,” she said of Triage.

The younger Reality Benders is made of six. “They’re a good size, too,” Ealy said of Reality Benders. “When we don’t have enough members for either group, we just kind of combine and play together.”

Bend Improv Group

Bend Improv Group’s Knowles isn’t 100 percent sure what shape B.I.G.’s part in 2nd Street’s 2018 Season Preview will ultimately take — but then that’s what improvisation skills are for.

“We have a pretty standard of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’-type games, and I’ll just come up with something that looks fun,” he said. B.I.G. is four main members, along with two folks returning to the world of improv after a time away. Knowles said B.I.G. will be rebooting a bit in January. Its first headlining show for 2018 at 2nd Street will be on Feb. 2.

There are also plans to do a couple of First Friday performances at the request of Bend Comedy, Knowles said.

Untitled Improv Company

Untitled Improv Company founders Aaron Mitchel and Chelsea Woodmansea organized the Oregon Cage Match improv competition in September, and the improv company recently wrapped up a series of improv classes from level 1 through 3, Mitchel said.

Though Woodmansea recently moved to the Windy City to ply her comedic trade, Mitchel said by email that “a new series of classes pick up mid-January. We will be performing monthly, (and) from those classes we are creating more improv teams to perform.”

Mitchel also said Woodmansea plans to return to Bend for a performance in February. To inquire about level 1 and 2 classes, which examine improv basics and scene work, respectively, email untitledimprovcompany@yahoo.com .

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