Award-winning comedy with balls set in Schenectady comes to Proctors
ChipandGus, the critically acclaimed play about two oddball acquaintances who meet once a month to play ping pong in the back room of a rundown Schenectady sports bar, returns to Proctors.
Tickets for ChipandGus, $25, at the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 6–8, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
Written and performed by John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen, this 90-minute comedy with balls takes place around a ping pong table, and balances furiously fast play with hilariously funny dialogue. In one cathartic night, Chip and Gus let their guards down and discover a surprising connection that goes much deeper than their shared passion for the game.
John Ahlin is Gus, a socially inept professor, chair of the local college Philosophy department. Christopher Patrick Mullen’s Chip is an adjunct music teacher and struggling composer desperately trying to keep a lid on the volcano of tensions growing within him. The two couldn’t be more different, but this night there is something else in the room that prompts several hysterical and heart-breaking revelations. ChipandGus makes for a funny, gripping, unforgettable evening of theatre.
“It is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen,” says renowned theatre critic Peter Filichia of BroadwayRadio.com.
The New York City-based playwrights place the action in Schenectady for many reasons. “We both have many upstate connections,” says Mullen, “we wanted the setting to be honest and specific. You can’t get more genuine than Schenectady.”
“My wife, Jean Tafler, is from here,” adds Ahlin, “and in my dozens of visits I have grown to love this town’s history and pride.”
ChipandGus recently performed at the 20th International NYC Fringe Festival, receiving the Overall Excellence Award for Ensemble and was the first play selected for the prestigious Best of Two Fests Encore Series combining the very best of the New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.