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‘That’s What She Said’ live storytelling events


That’s What She Said.

And now this live storytelling stage show based in Fayetteville rages on.

That’s What She Said?

Yes, That’s What She Said, a young but already successful series of shows featuring local storytellers that has recently sold out a few performances in Fayetteville.

The group members are already looking forward to extending that growth. That’s What She Said is the brainchild of Amber Forbus and Leigh Wood. Forbus, who was raised in Fayetteville, moved to North Carolina about eight years ago. While living there, she discovered The Monti, a storyteller’s collective. She attended regularly, but never participated onstage.

A recent That’s What She Said audience at Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar.

“I was just amazed. They were normal people, telling stories,” she said. But they telling the most compelling stories – funny stories, enlightening stories, sometimes even depressing stories.

Upon her return to Fayetteville last summer, Forbus started looking for a similar offering in this community. She couldn’t find one. She discussed the idea with her friend Leigh Wood, membership director for KUAF Public Radio in Fayetteville. The talks soon progressed and the show sprang to life. That’s What She Said debuted in October. It takes its name from the oft-repeated double entendre-making joke popularized via “The Office” and inserted at the end of many an unsuspecting phrase. Removed from context, adding “That’s What She Said” to a line often makes it sound far more sexual than originally intended. The group members, while rehearsing for their first show, spent too much of their time trying to outdo the other members with a great “That’s What She Said” comeback.

When it got thrown out as an idea for a name, it just kinda stuck. That’s What She Said became the name in part because unlike The Monti, which Forbus used for inspiration, all of the stories told locally are meant to be funny. The storytellers, an ever-growing cast that started with a group of Forbus and Wood’s friends, rehearse several times a week leading up to the performances. The stories are memorized, and always related to a pre-chosen theme, which is new every performance. Previous topics have included themes such as “Shame,” “Love Bites” and “Because I Got Drunk.”

Due to considerations of the available space, That’s What She Said’s next show will be broken into two parts, both of which will have the theme “Daddy Issues.” The first of those two performances takes places Thursday (6/23) at C4 Nightclub. The second comes to Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar on Sunday (6/26).

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Kevin Kinder writes about music, art, theater, and more for the Fayetteville Flyer. When he's not checking out live music, he enjoys running, and cheering for the Kansas City Royals.

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