East Vil­lage com­edy theater to be closed

The Buffalo News - - WEATHER -

NEW YORK – The Up­right Cit­i­zens Bri­gade, fac­ing sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial pres­sures, an­nounced last week it would be clos­ing its East Vil­lage lo­ca­tion in Man­hat­tan, a month after lay­ing off sev­eral staff mem­bers.

That will leave the com­edy theater with three venues: Its strug­gling flag­ship in Hell’s Kitchen, which opened last year, and two lo­ca­tions in Los An­ge­les.

“The cost of op­er­at­ing two venues in Man­hat­tan has be­come too high, and after ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion, the UCB4 has de­cided an exit is nec­es­sary,” Michael Hart­ney, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the New York the­aters, said in an email to the UCB com­mu­nity.

UCB4 refers to the theater’s founders: Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser, who turned a barely avail­able art form in New York City into an in­sti­tu­tion, and then some.

UCB East, or as it is af­fec­tion­ately known among per­form­ers – The Beast – opened in 2011, six years after UCB had opened a lo­ca­tion in Los An­ge­les. A spokes­woman for UCB said the Hell’s Kitchen lo­ca­tion was in no dan­ger of clos­ing and that the East Vil­lage theater de­ci­sion was made strictly be­cause of prop­erty-tax is­sues re­lated to that venue.

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