Improverts (4 stars)

  • 8 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Pummelling the senses with swirling lights and pounding sounds from the very start, it’s hard to imagine how the players in this improv show would be able to keep the adrenalin levels up. But from the point where player one bounds onto the stage to the moment when he hand slaps the ground to end the final game the energy doesn’t drop once and the hour flies by. The games are all familiar to anyone who has ever seen Whose Line is It Anyway? including Party Quirks or Alien Interview. What is notably refreshing here is that the gang don’t shy away from elements that some comedy does for risk of appearing non-PC; adopting a black American accent for a Blaxploitation spoof or creating a pimp ice cream seller who sells raspberry ripple laced with ‘bad, bad AIDS.’

The enthusiasm is almost American from both stage and crowd; though only one player hails from across the pond. While playing the Freeze game where the players alternate in the action they opened it up to the audience to join in and they do it well. There can’t be many places where that would happen. (Marissa Burgess)

Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, until 26 Aug (not 13, 20), 12.30am, £5 (£4).

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