Nightlife ~ Wage House

Wage House
560 Mineral Spring Ave.
Pawtucket, RI
(401) 474-9998

Wage House was kind enough to invite me to a show on Friday. It was my first time seeing live improv, so I went in with only vague images of "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" as a guide for what to expect.

Turns out, I was right. There were two teams of players: "Up in the Attic" and "Poolside." Each team's performance took about 20 minutes.

After a prompt from the audience, the players launched into a rapid-fire tag team game of improv that establishes locations and characters, then turns back in on itself, and comes out the other side. If that sentence confuses and surprises you, you'll have a sense of how improv works. Also, you'll laugh. A lot.

On Friday the house was full, and there were only bare moments of dialog where someone wasn't laughing. The rest of the time, the crowd (myself included) was clearly having a good time. It's a nice way to let off steam on a Friday evening: sipping a glass of very nice rosé, laughing in a crowd full of people in a good mood.

The staff of family and friends made the pre-show wait welcoming, and I had a good time chatting with founder-owners Kate and Casey, and Casey's husband Greg.

Wage House is located in Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket. a former fabric mill that now houses artists, crafters and small businesses. Kate and Casey opened Wage House in February, and have been playing to a growing group of regulars, newbies, and soon-to-be-regulars ever since.


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