Jason Kravits Brings His Improvised Cabaret “OFF the TOP” back to the Duplex 5/13

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Jason Kravits Brings His Improvised Cabaret “OFF the TOP” back to the Duplex 5/13

New York – April 20 – An entire cabaret made up on the spot. Who does that? Actor-writer-musical improviser Jason Kravits – perhaps you’ve seen him on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Madam Secretary – pulls off this neat trick time after time in his hilarious and unpredictable cabaret improv, OFF the TOP, scheduled to return to The Duplex in NYC on May 13th at 7pm. In his musical high-wire act, Jason, assisted by a fearless and agile band, spontaneously creates a character, a life story and an entire evening of original songs, all based on audience suggestions. Showstoppers, medleys, character songs, trifles, segues, backstories – Jason makes it all up in real time, off the top of his nimble brain to the amazement of his audience. In the April 11th performance, which featured Kate Wetherhead in a memorable duet, “Just Say Yes (to love)”, Jason’s titles included: “We Got Girl Scout Cookies Today,” “The Absence,” “Save Your Money,” and “Lemons.” Alas, these gems are now gone, since they were spontaneous, ephemeral products of a charming and twisted mind.

“I cannot recommend Jason Kravits highly enough.” – Gerry Geddes, Bistro Awards

The Duplex is at 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue. Showtime is 7:00pm, and the cost is $15 dollars in advance or $20 at the door plus service charge. A two-drink minimum applies, and The Duplex admits only those over 21 yrs. To purchase tickets in advance, visit: www.purplepass.com/offthetop513 or http://www.offthetop.nyc/

Jason began improvising cabaret shows a little over a year ago, with a first performance at 54 Below. “Doing this combines many things I love,” says Jason, “music, improv, comedy and parody, and it’s like a magic trick for the audience in a way.” He draws on 30 years of experience on stage and screen including Broadway (The Drowsy ChaperoneSly Fox and Relatively Speaking) and hundreds of TV appearances including recurring roles on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Madam Secretary, Smash, The Michael J. Fox Show, Royal Pains, Dallas and a long run on The Practice, as well as memorable appearances on Blindspot, The Blacklist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hot in Cleveland, Married, Masters of Sex, Raising Hope, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls and Everybody Loves Raymond. His film credits include Chinese Puzzle, The Stepford Wives, Sweet November, Morning Glory, and What Just Happened. As a writer, Jason penned the 10-minute play, Green Eggs and Hamlet, the holiday stories, The Kvetch and A Christmoose Story, as well as the acclaimed web-series Lords of the Playground. In 1999, his two-man sketch show, An Evening with Kravits and Jones, won the Jury Award at the U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen. He is a founding member of The Rumble in the Red Room writing collective, as well as the improv troupe, Erasable, Inc.

Jason Kravits can be seen on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt beginning April 15 on Netflix.

Additional performances of OFF the TOP will be announced soon.

To visit Jason Kravits online see video and learn more about OFF the Top, visit: http://www.offthetop.nyc/

Press representative for OFF the TOP: Betsyann Faiella, SavoyPR.

Email: bafaiella@savoypr.com or phone/text: 310.283.2415

Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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