Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A New Show Every Night with Impro Theatre

What is Improvisational Theatre?

Improvisational theatre —also known as Improv—is a form of theatre, in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Often, for inspiration, improv performers will take suggestions from the audience, or draw on another source of inspiration to get started.

Inspired by Tennessee Williams, Impro Theatre blends Williams’ masterful storytelling and language with their own brand of hilarious improvised theatre in Tennessee Williams UnScripted. Each show is different and never the same; no pre-planning or prepared scenarios, just a single audience suggestion as inspiration gets the show started. From that, the ensemble of actors instantly bring characters and a plot to life in a completely improvised full-length play.

Impro Theatre is an improvisational theatre company that creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest playwrights, authors and composers, including Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Jane Austen, Anton Chekhov, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Dickens, and more. The performers immerse themselves in these styles, and in the moment, they write theatre as they perform it, combining verbal dexterity and dynamic physicality to bring character and plot to life in an instant.

Watch a clip from a previous Tennessee Williams UnScripted.

Studying the styles of literary greats, like Williams, Impro Theatre’s ensemble of performers expands on what these writers do, with the goal to capture their essence and honor their voice. Rather than parodying the writers, the ensemble plays for truth in the storytelling and allows the comedy to come from it. More over, Tennessee Williams UnScripted is not just a performance that is being improvised, but also the technical elements like the lighting design and music. The lighting designer and musicians watch the performances and improvise their work to match the mood of the story that is being created in front of them.

There are four chances to see Tennessee Williams UnScripted and four entirely different shows to experience. Impro Theatre brings their unique brand of theatre to South Coast Repertory as part of Studio SCR, Feb. 27-Mar. 2.

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Praise for Tennessee Williams UnScripted

Impro Theatre has received multiple Critics’ Picks in the Los Angeles Times, Back Stage West, and L.A. Weekly, and have performed sold-out shows around the world.  

  • Los Angeles Times Critics Pick! “Simultaneously funny, moving and absolutely in keeping with Williams’ thematics. Impro Theatre’s considerable agility and its infectious sense of play makes you want to go back again to see what else this group can conjure next out of Williams’ high humidity.”LA Times 
  • “GO!” “Lingers somewhere between satire and homage. Impro avoids making a glib mockery of Williams’ drawling explications and the sometimes ham-fisted poetry. It’s a very smart choice.”LA Weekly 
  • “Drink up: It’s Tennessee Williams at his most ridiculous, sucked dry by several very funny actors pulling out all their improv stops. Although the evening is remarkably smooth, the unscripted construction is the draw here, and we like it when the seams show. Quite entertaining, prompting plenty of laughs!”Backstage

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