I Always Liked the Fat Man Better

Though the That ´70s Show spin-off about the ´80s didn’t last too long on television, it doesn’t mean people don’t want to wax nostalgic about that tumultuous decade. They just blame VH1 for watering down the market. After you’ve seen Hal Sparks talk about that episode of Punky Brewster where Punky gets trapped in the fridge for the umpteenth time, you sort of lose your ability to deal with 20-year-old pop culture references.

But let’s face it: After all this time you still love the ´80s. You’re in luck, because the Jupiter-based comedy group Gated Community does too. They’re mixing up a little bit of improv, a dose of sketch comedy, and a smidge of theater to produce their own nod to the greatest decade ever, and they’re calling it (what else) That ´80s Show. The troupe promises that nothing is sacred -- be it MacGyver’s cascading mullet, Erno Rubik and his damnable cube, or Jake and the Fat Man and their torrid, chubby-chasing love affair.

Take a trip in the Way-Way Back Machine Friday and Saturday nights at The Atlantic Theater ( 6743 W. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter). Tickets cost $15. Call 561-575-3271, or visit www.gcimprov.com. You can also check out the guys from Gated Community in the locally produced mockumentary, Film Contest?, screening 7 p.m. Thursday at Tradition Town Hall (10799 SW Village Dr., Port St. Lucie).
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 22. Continues through Nov. 30, 2007

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