Every Wednesday local comedy group Mettlesome performs "Hush Hush," an improv comedy show about secrets, at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.
While the group has been performing some version of the show for the past year and a half, it has been performing at Fullsteam since January and will continue to perform through the end of April.
"Hush Hush" is centered around audience involvement. Throughout the week, patrons of Fullsteam can write down their secrets and place them in a box on the bar that will be used for the show.
“It’s a special show because there is so much input from the audience," said Mettlesome founder and "Hush Hush" director Ashley Melzer. "We may go through 10 to 15 secrets in a single show, so that’s 10 to 15 moments of reading a piece of paper — and you have no idea what it’s going to be."
The group chooses from a variety of different angles when performing each secret. Members can act out what it would be like if the person shared the secret, put the secret in a new environment or take the secret to its extreme. The intent of the show is to use comedy to explore the complexities of each secret and what its consequences might be.