The 20/21 Season: November Digital Theatre Festival

Improv Comedy at its Finest ... and Most Absurd

BABUSHKA

created by and starring Todd Benzin and Don Gervasi

Don Gervasi and Todd Benzin are Buffalo's greatest improv team. And now, for the first time ever, they're coming to your living room. Join Buffalo's master improvisers as they create an original play right in front of your eyes, using suggestions from the audience.

Don and Todd will perform two LIVE online shows. After ordering your ticket, you will receive a link to register for this LIVE private Zoom performance.

LIVE ON ZOOM November 14 @ 8pm EST
LIVE ON ZOOM November 20 @ 8pm EST

All tickets for this production are $15, however you can choose to add an additional amount to your ticket purchase, helping to support world premiere new play programming at the Alleyway.

You'll never see it coming

Currents: 716 and Alleyway's Digital Theatre Festival are made possible through the generous support of the Venturous Theatre Fund of the Tides Foundation

WANT TO SEE IT ALL?

Get the Festival Pass and Save

The Festival Pass includes a ticket to see all of our Digital Theatre Festival productions, including

GOAT SONG - choose one of two live performances (Nov 6 or 7), OR stream on demand (Nov 9-22)
BIG BREATH - stream on demand (Nov 7-22)
LOL-OL - choose one of three live performances (Nov 13, 15, 19)
SCREAMING INTO THE VOID - stream on demand (Nov 12-22)
BABUSHKA - choose one of two live performances (Nov 14, 20)

Plus, you'll have access to our two playreading series productions:
RED ALIEN - November 10 @ 8pm
THE MIGHTY MAISIE - November 17 @ 8pm

Note: the MYSTERY BOX benefit is not included in a Festival Pass and must be purchased separately

About the Artists

Todd Benzin
Babushka

Todd Benzin is a Buffalo born and bred actor and improviser. He was most recently seen as Godin Oh My God! at Jewish Repertory Theatre, as well as several shows at 710 Main St.

In 2018, Todd was awarded the first-ever Artie for Outstanding Character Performance as Franz Liebkind in the Kavinoky Theatre production of The Producers.

Todd has been a regular on Buffalo stages for over 20years,is a Conservatory graduate from the prestigious Second City in Toronto, has been a part of several film, television, and voiceover projects, and is a member of improv duo Babushka.

Don Gervasi
Babushka

A graduate of Toronto’s Second City Conservatory Program, Don has been acting and improvising for over 25 years. He can be seen in the films MARSHALL, starring Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad; and QUEEN CITY starring Vivica A. Fox and Peter Jason.

He has performed on many Buffalo stages including Kavinoky Theatre, MusicalFare Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions, and Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY.  He is a proud member of three unions: IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and AEA where he has served as Equity Liaison for the Buffalo-Rochester Area since 2010.

As an improviser, he has trained under Susan Messing, Moira Dunphy, Jerry Schaefer, and the late Frank McAnulty. He is a founding member of Buffalo’s own Eclectic Improv Company and long-form duo Babushka!, and has improvised with the likes of Jason Alexander, Phil Lamarr, Dan Castellaneta, and Catherine O'Hara.

You may also recognize Don from recent AAA and Seneca Allegany Casino commercials. He also co-hosts the comedy podcast The Discount Deejays.