Verbatim Verboten

  • April 4 - 25, 2024
  • SolArt Center

    6 Byers Street
    Staunton, Virginia 24401
Ticket Price $10.00-$15.00 This event is now over

The Words You Long to Hear . . .

NU Productions and The SolArt Center are excited to present the Virginia premiere of Verbatim Verboten: The Invasion-of-Privacy Revue!

An ever-changing revue of secret recordings and transcripts from celebrities, politicians, royals, and everyday people, performed verbatim, warts and all. With a collection of over 300 scripts, no show is alike, and every show is completely uncut! Performed by 6 performers and one MC, each night is a raunch filled pilfering through the secrets that we all keep.

Created by Michael Martin, Verbatim Verboten has been put in multiple cities, including New Orleans, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis throughout the last 20 years, and we are excited to add Staunton to the list!

Verbatim Verboten will be performing every Thursday night at 7:00 PM at The SolArt Center, 6 Byers Street, Staunton, VA 24401. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $15 and are available online and at the door. Please visit SolArt Center on Facebook for more details.

Some reviews from past productions:

New Orleans...

"In the simplest theatrical mode -- but also the most effective -- the actors perform the transcripts word for word, taking only some license with intonation or emphasis. The results are at points riotously funny, shamelessly embarrassing and even a bit scary as the audience finds itself eavesdropping on comments never meant to be heard.

"...As viciously cutting as some of the material may be, there is a whimsical feel to this verbal voyeurism....[T]he show [has] an easygoing, casual piece is too lengthy. Each is a pleasing hors d'oeuvre passed around a pleasant cocktail party -- tasty and different enough to keep the audience wanting another.

[The cast is] charming and witty..." --Times-Picayune

New York...

"This show delivers the raw goods. Deeply funny and just plain disturbing." --The New York Observer

"...Verbatim is up far more often than it is down. All eight performers do an excellent job, with a great deal of presence and comic timing. Everyone clearly has fun with the material, and that fun is contagious."

"[F]resh and edgy for audience and performers alike."


"Michael Martin's merrily damning series features staged readings of the private conversations of public figures. ...[B]oy, did Martin pick a good time to bring it back. Given the recent caught-on-tape remarks of such notables as Christian Bale, Pastor Ted Haggard, Prince Harry, and, of course, former governor Rod Blagojevich, we seem to have entered the golden age of surreptitiously recorded stupidity... Sure it's trash, but just try to resist." --The Chicago Reader

"A smartened-up National Enquirer." --TimeOut Chicago


"At it's best, it's blisteringly funny, really creepy -- or both." --The Seattle Times

"Hilarity abounds, especially when we're treated to a nattily done naughty bit, a rehashing of bitchy Orson Welles outtakes, or anything involving Coco the gorilla." --The Stranger


"This is fucking ridiculous, and fucking great." --Wake Magazine

Date & Time

Apr 4 - 25, 2024

Venue Details

SolArt Center

6 Byers Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401 SolArt Center