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Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater

September 6, 13, 18, 20 + 21, 2019

2019 Fringe Festival

Runtime TBA

Cost TBA

Csz Philadelphia at the AdrienneMap

Wheelchair Accessible

September 6, 13, 18, 20 + 21, 2019

T&G’s improvised show is inspired by stories and pics of your tattoos, and other personal symbols.
Whether you have a tattoo, want one, or would never get one, tell us the things that are so important to you that they’re forever etched in your heart…or on your skin.

“Hilarious and fearless” – Philadelphia Weekly.

“Dazzling” – Philadelphia Inquirer.

$18 / 65 minutes

($13 student tickets)

Here’s what will happen at INK: When you arrive at the theater, you’re invited to anonymously fill out a card with the answer to this prompt:

“Briefly tell us something about your tattoo—the meaning behind its words or symbols, or the story behind how you got it. If you don’t have a tattoo: what words or symbols are so important to you that you feel they are etched in your heart?”

Your responses are collected in a basket and randomly selected by the actors throughout the show, who use your stories to inspire an improvised one-hour montage of scenes and monologues.

In addition, when you enter the theater, you’ll be invited to have your tattoo photographed, if comfortable. Then, during a portion of the show, the photographed tattoos will be projected, and the ensemble will use the images to inspire their improvisation.

The content of the show will not focus on tattoos, but rather on what the tattoos represent—a person or place, a concept or feeling—the actors will use that information to create scenes of life experiences & relationships, both hilarious and touching.

Come Early to connect and share tattoo stories!


Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain for pre-show lobby event.

•Free mini Henna tattoos provided by ’Stay Groovy with Henna.’
•Free temporary tattoo station with a variety of tattoos to play with!
•Info and discounts from local tattoo artists
•and more!

•Free glass of wine or beer at the following performances only: Friday, Sept 13 at 10pm; Wednesday, Sept 18 at 7pm; and Friday, Sept 20 at 10pm.

Those attending opening night, Sept 6, can register to win a $50 gift certificate to use at Hunter Gatherer Tattoo & Piercing!

“The name Tongue & Groove means ‘seamlessly connected’,” says Bobbi Block, artistic director, “The goal of INK is to connect those within and outside the tattoo community through shared story-telling. Our pre-show lobby event encourages that connection—we want the lobby to buzz with a friendly vibe of meeting strangers & sharing stories. Everyone is welcome! We hope untattooed people will feel intrigued to learn about the tattooed community, and that those with tattoos will feel excited to share their tattoo stories with new friends,” says Block.

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