Stateside at the Paramount, built in 1935 as The State Theatre, stands next to the Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas. At approximately 300 seats, Stateside at the Paramount boasts an intimate and comfortable setting for both film and live performances. Most recently, the venue has hosted such diverse events as the annual SXSW Film Festival, Moontower Comedy and Oddity festival, and exhibitions by local nonprofit arts organizations that reflect the spirit of the Austin community. It is located at 719 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
The Doubtful Guests
An Unforeseen Twist of Mephistophelean Whimsy
Dark and whimsical Improvisation. Never the same show twice.
A kaleidoscopic romp that is a spatter of Edward Gorey, a spit of Edgar Allen Poe, a snippet of Rocky Horror. This all adds up to a perfect October night at the theatre.
Meet Vesta, Riffus, Bawk and Vascillus: The Doubtful Guests.
Four decrepit buffoons, killed in a London brothel fire in 1888. Damned to an eternity of entertaining. The house band, The Penny Dreadful, fill your ears with the music of a turn-of-the century English pub. The Doubtful Guests, a crew of haunted hooligans, prowl about the stage spinning scenes, songs and bits of deadly burlesque out of thin air, for your amusement.
This show is theatrically macabre, highly physical, very musical and most peculiar take on long form improvisation.
* The Doubtful Guests are: Jason Ades, Sabrina Hill, Todd Stashwick and Ezra Weisz.
* The Penny Dreadful are: Todd Adamson, Geoffrey Schumann, Joe Lima and Weston Walls on percussion.
“Improvisation that couples Monty Python with Bertolt Brecht… hilarious performances of dexterous wit and broad physical shtick.”
- L.A. Weekly
“The Doubtful Guests were nimble, exhilarating and totally strange. …these Victorian-era troublemakers possess a formidable know-how of the craft (of improvisation). Watching former Chicago improviser Todd Stashwick pantomime loading a 19th-century rifle and blowing his brains out was mesmerizing.”
-Time Out Chicago
“Gleefully off-putting…a great show filled with the bizarre and the deadly.”
THE DOUBTFUL GUESTS ARE: Jason Ades (Riffus), Sabrina Hill (Vesta), Todd Stashwick (Vascillus) and Ezra Weisz (Bawk)
$12 at the door or
$10 through online ticketing <– Buy early, Save Money, Reserve Your Spot for this wild ride!