“ChipandGus: A Comedy With Balls” Comes to Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Christopher Patrick Mullen as Chip and John Ahlin as Gus in “ChipandGus.” Photo William Selby.
Christopher Patrick Mullen as Chip and John Ahlin as Gus in “ChipandGus” (Photo William Selby)

While the electric give-and-take of energy between actors on stage is often referred to as “ping pong,” a new play is taking the idea quite literally. A ping pong table and fast-paced matches are prominently featured in ChipandGus, a 90-minute “comedy with balls” by actor-writers John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen, getting a three-performance run at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre this weekend.

In this Fat Knight Theatre production, two oddball buddies meet in the back room of a rundown sports bar in Schenectady for their weekly game. But what happens between volleys on this particular funny, sad, surprising night will change their relationship forever. Conceived over a ping pong table and written and rehearsed in basements, attics and garages, this fast, furious, smart comedy was the winner of the Overall Excellence Award for Ensemble in the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival, was selected for an extended run in the Fringe Encore Series at Soho Playhouse in NYC, and has been seen in developmental presentations in a variety of spaces, including a black box in New Jersey, a bar in Baltimore, a garage in Pennsylvania, Parkside Lounge in Manhattan, and Proctors in Schenectady.

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