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BWW Reviews: Brave New Workshop's LANCE ARMSTRONG'S STEROID-PUMPED COMEDY REVIEW Through 6/29

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The Brave New Workshop Theatre (BNW) 2013 spring show, "Lance Armstrong's Steroid-Pumped Comedy Revue: A Cheater's Guide to Winning" is the 280th comedy revue by the BNW, and challenges the old adage, "Cheaters never prosper." The four cast members come out the winners in this roast of cheating and the cheating cheaters who cheat with honest, straight-forward, biting satire and a little (?) visual gag for good measure.

Inspiration for the show's title and theme comes straight from the headlines. "Now that Lance Armstrong has shown the world that doping is the new black, the Brave New Workshop is exploring cheating and dishonesty in all their many forms," says director Caleb McEwen. "It turns out that the only person to ever ride a bike in France while not hopped up on drugs is Mitt Romney."

Newly svelte Bobby Gardner plays the title role fearlessly appearing in his bike shorts in all their glory. Armstrong's recent headlines and past doings are a thread running through the show that gives this actor plenty to fuel the comedy fire. Lauren Anderson, Taj Ruler and Andy Hilbrands round out the cast and play everything from President Obama to lying online daters to cheating spouses and coworkers who don't know what the term "spoiler alert" means. (Spoiler alert: if you're like this writer and have not yet completed season three of "Downton Abbey," you may want to finish that before heading over to Hennepin Avenue for this revue.)

The BNW News team covers the headlines of the day in a fashion much like a certain televised sketch comedy show but with more accuracy and fun.

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Kristen Hirsch Montag Kristen Hirsch Montag is a public relations/media rep for Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association by day and self-professed theatre geek by night. She regularly attends Minneapolis and Saint Paul productions and touring shows. She's been known to act in a few, as well. As an actress, she's done stage, film and TV projects and fits them in whenever possible. Kristen holds a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College in Theatre Arts and Communications.



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