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EllieIda: Two Lives in One Act

Saturday May 9, 2015

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100 Gold Ave SW
Ste 112 B
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 404-1578
Website: Click to Visit






Katie Farmin

Phone: 505-480-3654

Inspired by legends of comedy like Lucille Ball and Phyllis Diller, this play tells the story of two fictitious female comedians, Ellie and Ida.

EllieIda: Two Lives in One Act is the story of two fictitious female comedians, Ellie  and Ida. Inspired by such legends of comedy as Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller, and Carol Burnett, as well as modern day titans Tina Fey and Amy Poehler it follows a young, naïve small-town girl named Ellie as she moves to the big city and joins forces with Ida, a sardonic vaudeville comedian. We then watch the two for over eighty years of their intertwined careers, facing the challenges and adversity inherent with being a woman in comedy. It’s a fast-paced, quick-change, physical show in which Farmin & Frazier play a total of 7 roles (in addition to playing Ellie & Ida from ages 16 to 104), reminding you that yes, women are in fact very funny.

See also: Culture Shock

Developing on the fringe

(L to R) Katie Farmin and Rhiannon Frazier pose during a trailer shoot for EllieIda
Jose Castro

Two listless souls on crates surrounded by booze bottles in an alleyway toss cards into a bowler hat. “You think this will ever get old?” one asks. Jump to: the once-hip chicks stooped over in sunhats and reading glasses, still flipping cards. “Eh?” comes the senile response from the other. Having properly experimented with the comedic characters of Ellie and Ida at UNM’s Theatre X last fall, senior performers and playwrights Rhiannon Frazier and Katie Farmin will stage their original production EllieIda: Two Lives in One Act at The Box Performance Space (100 Gold SW, 404-1578) this weekend.

Playing multiple roles, Farmin and Frazier took inspiration for their two main characters from such legendary comics as Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller and Carol Burnett, as well as contemporary jokesters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The result is a fast-paced, quick-change, physical-comedy portrayal of Ellie and Ida’s 80 years of shenanigans together. Tickets are available for $10 (plus a $2 service charge) at, but act quick: Only two fundraising performances on Saturday, May 9, at 9:30pm and Sunday, May 10, at 6pm offer chances to help launch the comediennes on the fringe festival circuit. (Blake Driver)

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