Plaid to Meet You: Bonnie Criss

Plaid To Meet You is a new way to introduce the community to our performers. I will be choosing performers whose plaid patterns catch my eye. This week, my attention was caught by a wonderful brown-and-white plaid shirt worn by our very own Bonnie Criss. I sat down with her and got the info on that shirt and her feelings about improv. Bonnie CrissWow, great shirt Bonnie. Who are you wearing this evening? Thank you. Wow, so formal with your questions. It’s Runway Seven from JCPenney.

What made you choose that shirt this evening? It was a little chilly. I love plaid, and it’s soft.

So which troupes can we watch you perform with? Oh, are we done with questions about my shirt? I’m in Pretty People With Problems, Impractical Magic, and Pinot Memoir.

When can we watch you perform? Impractical Magic: 10/6 at 9 p.m. Pretty People with Problems: 10/8 at 8 p.m. Pinot Memoir: 10/19 at 9 p.m.

What attracted you to improv, and what keeps you performing? I love comedy. I want to have a career in it. All of my role models started by doing improv. Tyler (Johnston) got me started here. And you can perform in plaid.

Finally, what is one piece of advice you would give to all performers? Don’t hold back. It’s advice for myself, too. Sometimes if I don’t step out enough in a show, I feel bummed afterwards. So always trust your gut.

Collin Brown is a graduate of the Dallas Comedy House (DCH) Improv program. You can catch him around DCH any given night.