Snippets: Masks by Beth Yankuner

For those of you who haven't experienced a Block Party show at DCH: you're missing out. For one glorious hour each month, the DCH stage becomes an anything-goes arena for experimental comedy. What I love most about Block Party is never really knowing what to expect. With a diverse line-up featuring everything from traditional comedy to the wonderfully weird and wacky, this show is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your padded black theater chair. Want to see a new troupe's debut, or perhaps a live demolition of a cardboard house? Block Party can give you both of those things -- probably in the same show!

August's Block Party was no exception. There was improv, sketch, and even an Off-Broadway musical (which I didn't see, but heard was very professional). We also witnessed the stage debut of 'THE h.q.', starring Fred Fredrickson (Jason Hensel) and Francine Fredrickson (Denise Quattrini): a macabre sibling duo who commanded the audience's attention with their informative diatribe about masks.

Following their presentation, Fred and Francine improvised an incredibly moving performance while wearing their chosen masks. I have never been so inspired in my life. I left the show that night knowing I couldn't continue living without finding my mask.

As I type this blog, I feel strong and courageous, and I know it's because I'm typing while wearing my mask. Even though I can't really see through the eye holes, and the inside of my mask kind of smells like feet, I feel more confident than I ever have in my entire life. And with this newfound confidence, I must tell you: you need to see a Block Party show. And you need to follow THE h.q.. NOW.

Beth Yankuner has way too many hobbies. Lately she has been enjoying painting, doodling, and eating food. She recently discovered Big Guys Chicken & Rice and has already eaten there twice this week.