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You can't take the bar out of a theater, Bye Bye Liver at Hennepin Stages

Bye Bye Liver gets you laughing, drunk and laughing at drunks.
Bye Bye Liver gets you laughing, drunk and laughing at drunks.
Photo courtesy of the Hennepin Theatre Trust

            More social than most plays and, surprising, less drama than most bars, watching Bye Bye Liver at Hennepin Stages last weekend brought me to ask myself some questions about why I had never demanded certain things in my previous bar hopping or play attending standards. For instance, why have I never been to a bar that hosts drinking games and presents comedy sketches about drunk people? Also, why had I never gone to a play before where there was a nice cocktail waiter facilitating my inebriation while I sat like a sloth getting drunk with my friends at my table? Post drinking play, I have now decided that these are great criteria to consider, or perhaps even require. Not that the live music is a bad form of bar entertainment, heck, even exotic dancers can show you a good time when all you’re in the mood to do is drink. But why stop there? Why not build a play around getting drunk? Behold, another aha moment materializes into theatrical realm.


           Preceded by the Chicago and Milwaukee drinking plays, Bye Bye Live: The Twin Cities Drinking Play is the charm of the trio. Bringing together actors and creative staff from Brave New Workshop, Fringe, Actor’s Theater of Minnesota and many more. Tickets cost a little more than your usual bar cover, but at $19.50 per person, they are considerably less than most other Hennepin Theater Trust events. Drink prices are comparable to most watering holes downtown and the show, which only runs a little over an hour, gives you plenty of time to party before the more “traditional” bars give their last call.

         The show only runs Friday and Saturday nights for the rest of July, so if you’re intrigued, hangover, or downright pumped at the chance to see this mockery of debauchery, you don’t have long to act. Call or visit the State Theater Box Office for tickets. 

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