ImprovBoston finds humor in T woes - Metro US

ImprovBoston finds humor in T woes


Any Bostonian who relies on the T will shudder at the thought of shuttle buses or of last winter, when record-breaking snowfall frequently brought the T to a halt. But for those who don’t think it’s too soon to find the humor in their dismal transit experiences, ImprovBoston has the perfect show — “T: An MBTA Musical.”

“The team of experienced comedy professionals and songwriters, musical theatre aficionados, thought what better way to send up our local transportation system than with a musical,” Artistic Director Mike Descoteaux says.

While “T: An MBTA Musical” was first produced in 2011, last winter inspired ImprovBoston to give the show another run. The show was well received, being named BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best New Musical” in 2011 and picking up a 2012 run at OBERON.

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The musical centers around three people in their 20s who bond over their problems with the MBTA and ultimately work to “overthrow” the T with the help of a secret map. Audiences can expect to witness “The Shuttle Bus Song (We Can’t Handle It),” “General Manager of the Month” and “The Bro Song.”

“The T is both the point of conflict for them, in terms of literally just trying to get from point A to point B, and it’s also the glue that holds them together, which is one of the things that I think makes the show so compelling and endearing,”explains Descoteaux.

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But despite Bostonians’ myriad complaints about the MBTA, SmartAsset recently named Boston as the third best city in the United States for public transportation, taking into account data about the efficiency and availability of the cities’ transit systems. Descoteaux says that the musical gets at this paradox by exploring the love/hate relationship many have with the T.

“Like a lot of things in Boston, we love to hate it and we hate to love it,” Descoteaux says. “There’s this push and pull – as much as we complain, it is what brings us together and it is what we rely on.”

If you go:
Fridays at 10 p.m. through May 20
40 Prospect St., Cambridge
$25 at EventBrite.com

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