Review: ImproGuise Theatre Sports

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ImproguiseIn a newly renovated and theatrical-energy-filled space, eleven outstanding artists are making things up as they go along.

Already renowned for its regular Tuesday night TheatreSports at Kalk Bay Theatre, improvisation team extraordinaire, ImproGuise, is hosting yet another festival.  Running from 29 January to 8 February, they are already on night two and they on fire.

After the lights went down to a full house last night, the next 75 minutes of ‘Crime Thursday’ were nothing short of fantastic.

Ryan Jales kept the evening tight but light with his directing/ hosting while ‘cameos’ by Anne Hirsch were a distinct highlight, while the rest of the crew held down the improvised plot and executed their chosen roles with the discipline and balance of a Russian gymnastic team.

From Megan Furniss’ striking opening improvised monologue, “I didn’t do it…” through 1970’s Russia and an unfolding murder mystery, the consummate skill and extraordinary focus of these actors didn’t allow the audience’s attention to flag for even a second, until the story had been neatly wrapped up and the murderer revealed. The live, improvised music accompaniment by the highly talented James Harvey added the perfect touch to the evening’s performance.

Luke Brown

Kalk Bay Theatre’s Improv Festival runs 29 January to 8 February 2014.

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