Exciting news for the East Village — we’ve discovered that the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has designs on the former Two Boots Pioneer Theater space at 155 East 3rd Street. Alex Sidtis, directing manager of the UCB’s current location in Chelsea, revealed to us that the troupe is hoping to open an East Village outpost, depending on whether it can secure a tavern wine license (the theater will plead its case at a January 12 meeting of Community Board 3’s licensing committee).
That'd be a sweet development. East Village/LES still feels like it needs something to replace Rififi. Piano's doesn't want too many comedy shows and crowds there tend to be stiff for some reason. Karma doing ok but still a bit smoky/weird as a venue. Saw a decent show at Sidewalk Café last week — maybe more to come? Sweethaven guys tried B3 but no luck there (too much noise). Kabin and Three 'O Cups hosting cool shows but I hear their owners aren't comedy fans. Still feels like there's room for a new venue to make some noise downtown.
Update: UCB needs community support and says, "If you or anyone you know live within Community Board 3 (the area of NYC from the East River westward to 4th Avenue, and from 14th Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge) and support this effort please take a moment and sign the online petition."