Nuts and Bolts have a screw loose

printed in the Webster Post, February 25, 2004

Webster native Frank Storace returned from New York City last Tuesday after performing with his friends at the Big Apple's Gotham Comedy Club.

The five who make up Rochester's premier improvisational group, "Nuts and Bolts, " have youthful energy, Frank admits. And performing in front of a good audience is an adrenaline boost.

Storace graduated in 1993 from Webster High School, where he first learned there really is no business like show business. He performed in school plays and was a part of the show choir. He continued in theater at SUNY College at New Paltz.

Frank and his funny friends - John Barthelmes, Scott Hildreth, Ryan Kemp and Matt Whelehan, all from the Rochester area - are back home celebrating their fourth birthday together at the Downstairs Cabaret 2, 172 W. Main S. They performed last weekend and will be on stage again March 12 and 13, which gives Webster residents a chance for a fun night out.

Another resident and founding member, Jennifer Boothby, is the improv group's business and promotion manager.

Hilarious, completely unscripted, the quick-witted group has been touted as Rochester's ruling comedy improv ensemble.

"We're a great group of guys, " Frank said, and a good audience helps the show along as they rely on audience participation, interaction and suggestions to guide scenes and improv games.

Of course they love playing in New York City, but "we take pride in being in this area and the Downstairs Cabaret is the perfect place, " Frank said.

The show, according to Frank, is rated PG-13. Tickets are available by calling the Downstairs Cabaret at 325-4370.