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Boulder, Colorado

Bruiser

Written by Kelsie Huff

Some girls dream about their wedding day. Others long to play with ponies. Only a select few name and collect their scabs, speak to imaginary rodents in their minds, and make mortal enemies out of inanimate troll dolls. Kelsie Huff returns with the (mostly) true story of how a misplaced tomboy blossoms into an even more awkward adult. “Bruiser” tackles the hilarity of adolescent and adult humiliation using Huff’s trademark blend of uproarious characters, crushing and unavoidable hereditary influences, and engaging storytelling.

“Huff, who I think is a big-time talent, mixes a friendly Midwestern manner with a darker, slap-your-face-funny edge. They say the best comedy comes from painful places, and Huff is a fearless chronicler of the awkward and the excruciating, turning it into comic gold.”
- Mark Collins, The Daily Camera

“Huff animates her 60-minute solo show with an elastic face and a striking gaze…a wicked sense of timing and knack for surprise.”
- Chicago Reader

“This is unflinching, thoughtful, and relentless self-reflection matched with master storytelling: poignant at times, yet always achingly funny.”
4 out of 4 stars
- J. Scott Hill, Chicago Stage Review

CAST
written and performed by Kelsie Huff, directed by Jason Madeja, produced by Emily K. Harrison

WEBSITE

ART FORM
Solo, Theater, GLBT content (gay,lesbian,bisexual,transgender), midwestern shenanigans; comedy

RATING
PG-13 - Parents strongly cautioned: Some material may not be suitable for children under 13

WARNINGS
Adult language, FREE Skittles

DURATION
57 min.

SCHEDULE

Thu Sept 19 5:30 PM*
Sat Sept 21 7:00 PM
Sun Sept 22 2:30 PM
Tue Sept 24 8:30 PM
Wed Sept 25 5:30 PM
Sat Sep 28 2:30 PM


VENUE
Dairy East Theater

TICKETS
$12/$10 general/students & seniors

TICKET DEALS
*2-for-1 Deal: Sep 19


26 Reviews of square product theatre

  1. Overall Rating:
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    I love the work of sqaure product theatre and Kelsie Huff! Bruiser is hysterically funny, touching, and dark (at times) in all the right ways. Kelsie is an incredibly engaging performer. Don’t miss while she’s in town. Go see this show!


  2. Overall Rating:
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    The man sitting next to me leaned over and whispered, “Kelsie Huff is an icon.”. Agreed! Great show. Funny, down to earth, and honest. I always love what square product theatre brings to this community, so thank you Emily and Kelsie. I was engaged throughout.


  3. Christian Hee says:
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    Kelsie Huff is outrageously entertaining. I laughed and I cried–but mostly laughed. Definitely check it out, take a giant handful of skittles, and purchase one (or a few) of Kelsie’s very valuable life lessons.


  4. M Violit says:
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    I didn’t want the show to be over! What a great storyteller Kelsie is!


  5. Amanda Keehn says:
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    This is a fabulous fringe show! Very, very funny and also very moving. The writing is very detailed, and the characters bring the world to life. Kelsie Huff is a very impressive performer and writer – you’re not going to see better work than this in any fringe.


  6. Frequent Fringer says:
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    This show. THIS SHOW. This is THE show. Completely gut busting hilarious – I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Plus, they have free candy!


  7. Deven Shaff says:
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    What more can one want when seeing a show – to laugh, be moved, eat free candy and did I mention laugh?!?!? The writing is great and the details are so vivid I thought I was a part of the story. Kelsie Huff is a great performer and you don’t want to miss this one! Thank you Square Product Theater for bringing Kelsie and this to town for us to experience!


  8. John Keebler says:
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    If you like laughter and smart writing, Bruiser delivers the goods. Kelsie Huff’s energetic comedy is punctuated with moments of real insight and vulnerability . You will never look at skittles the same way again. Or maybe you will. Either way, a must see!


  9. Janet Feder says:
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    Square Product Theatre’s production of Bruiser is a total home run! Kelsie Huff is brilliant. Drawing the audience in on every nuance and punchline, her stories became our own as we laughed, cringed and marveled at the sheer honesty and hilarity of her raw take on growing up. Don’t miss this show!!!


  10. Devron Campbell says:
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    Bruiser’s Kelsey Huff is an adult adolescent Tina Fey out of control. 13 Rock! This show is incredibly funny and original. Ms Huff has an amazing talent and ability to transport you back to her childhood where she successfully juggles her unconventional family and perspective with typical small town friendships and moments. I think everyone knew a Bruiser in middle school.


  11. Claire says:
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    Kelsie is hilarious, there’s no doubt. She navigates the awkwardness of the adolescent years with great skill. Training bras, roller rinks, and Church Camp, oh my!


  12. Jade Lascelles says:
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    Kelsie Huff’s storytelling is of a caliber I’ve rarely seen live. It is a special treat to see such an artist at work — particularly when you are left crying from laughing for the entirety of the show. I want to be friends with Kelsie so I can have her tell me stories of her (painfully relatable) awkward past all the time!


  13. Overall Rating:
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    What can I say. I love this show. It’s funny, it’s moving, it’s relative, it’s honest. Don’t miss it.


  14. Hannah says:
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    Kelsey is f#$%$^&! funny!
    She tells her story of youth with her whole body, vulnerable and hilarious at the same time. She shares the awkward, impossible tales with such ease and humor, and has us falling out of our seats laughing the entire time.


  15. Annemarie says:
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    Kelsey is an amazing writer and performer. Laughed more in one evening that I have all summer. See this show!!!


  16. Glen T. says:
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    I just saw Bruiser for the second time and I absolutely adore it. Kelsie is a hilarious and incredibly brave storyteller. I love this show, and I love watching my fellow audience members react to the crazy faces, jokes, and heartbreaking moments.

    It’s awesome. My favorite show in the Fringe. Don’t miss out.


  17. Laurie says:
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    SO FUNNY! SO GOOD! SO REAL!


  18. Glen T. says:
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    Tonight was the second time I’ve seen Bruiser, and it is by far my favorite thing I’ve seen in the Fringe this year. Kelsie Huff is a brave and honest storyteller. Bruiser is so funny, and true, and heartbreaking in moments. I hope you go see this show.


  19. Alexis says:
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    What a funny dame! What a great show! What a tremendously awkward, and fortunately (for me) relatable childhood/teenage-hood/adulthood!
    While much can be said of her timing, her storytelling, her artistry and her willingness to go “there”, what makes her so watchable is that she is relatable, real, and TREMENDOUSLY HILARIOUS!
    Do not miss this show!


  20. Michael Hibner says:
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    “When a brilliant child really pays attention, we get a Kelsie Huff. She is a midwestern intangible cultural asset. Rage on girl, you earned it!!!!!” is what Frannie and I wrote following Kelsie’s show “Huffs.” That’s still a fact(Jack). Here her stagecraft is honed to a razor edge. Don’t miss your chance to see this show!


  21. lala says:
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    Always amazing. Never disappoints. Kelsie Huff doing ANYthing is a sure thing. Don’t miss BRUISER! It is a hilarious night. We’re grateful that she finds the Chicago-Boulder commute is not a problem.


  22. Stacey says:
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    Wow! I am a little new to the performing arts arena, but I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction! Kelsie was hilarious and relatable all at the same time. This show is not one to miss!


  23. Simon Fill says:
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    I really enjoyed this. Kelsie Huff is a wonderful stage presence. Funny, honest, and moving in a way that feels earned. Please attend this show. You won’t be disappointed. Kudos to Kelsie and to Square Product Theatre!


  24. Myles says:
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    Thank you Kelsie for giving me and my man some great laughs and a peek inside your childhood. The oreo cookie had my man rolling. Sparkly performance with sharp wit and a point of view that is refreshing.


  25. Simon Fill says:
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    I really enjoyed this. Kelsie Huff is a wonderful stage presence. Funny, honest, and moving in a way that feels earned. Please attend this show! You won’t be disappointed. Kudos to Kelsie and to Square Product Theatre!


  26. Moonfox says:
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    I’ll never see Skittles the same way again.


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