2605 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408-1150
Region: Uptown/ Eat Street
Satiric skewing of current events has long been synonymous with 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., the home stage of sketch comedy mavens Brave New Workshop. The troupe's close association with Uptown makes its pending move to newer digs in downtown Minneapolis likely to carry some bittersweet sentiment. Since 1965 the space has been the destination for brashly irreverent, socially relevant, original comedy. While the location isn't being completely retired (BNW will use the stage to host Student Union, an ongoing school of improvisation), Obama Mia; or the Real Housewives of Abbottabad represents the final feature production at the venue. Thankfully, the work looks indicative of classic BNW, offering a sharply observed, ludicrously unhinged series of sketches founded around the hyperbolic headlines of recent months, particularly an unauthorized and highly speculative account of Seal Team 6. On the verge of BNW's historic relocation, Obama Mia stands as both a tribute to the troupe's hysterical history and a promise of future absurdities.
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 & 10 p.m. Starts: July 14. Continues through Oct. 8, 2011