The Encyclopedia Show Brings Music, Mirth and Madness to the Davis Square Theatre

encyclopedia showPhoto by Rich Beaubien

The latest installment of the Encyclopedia Show is coming to the Davis Square Theatre on Thursday, March 10. The improv-sketch comedy-variety show will be bringing scientific flare to the March instillation, presenting “The Periodic Table of Elements.”

Originally a franchise show from Chicago, the Encyclopedia Show came to Boston in 2012. Simone Beaubien, the slammaster and producer of the Boston Poetry slam, brought the show to Beantown. After a brief hiatus and change up of management, the Encyclopedia show has been back in action since the fall of 2015 under producer Catherine Martin’s wing.

The Encyclopedia Show is “really hard to describe,” says a laughing Martin. “Once you go see the show, you see what it is and how it works.”

Essentially, two “talented comedians doing slapstick comedy” host the show, according to Martin. In between a goofy central plot put on by the core cast, different local artists, including poets and visual artists, come up on stage to display their talent. “It’s people who have come together to do something they love.”

“It’s a really wonderful representation of arts in Boston,” she adds. “It showcases the best of Boston as much as possible.”

encyclopedia show

Photo by Alex Barstow

Each monthly performance features a central theme. Past themes have included Wyoming, the circus and insects. As always, the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (the house band) performs an original song written for that specific show. Fans of irony, goof and all things insane will find themselves at home in the audience. Prop comedy, improv and sketches are to be expected—but that’s about as much as we can guarantee for this extremely unpredictable show.

“The audience is going to see someone they’ve never seen before,” said Martin. “It’s really exciting, and probably something a little weird, but is very good.”

This month’s show is hosted by local favorites Chloe Cunha and Rob Crean, and you’ll be able to catch special guest spots from a who’s-who of area comedians and performers including Nick Chambers, Brian King, Mac Gostow, Nate Shaffer, Valerie Loveland, Kieran Collier and Austin Hendricks. The rest is unpredictable!

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 and lasts 2 hours. Tickets are $10 or $7 for teachers and students.

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