Improvised Shakespeare

Last night, I headed over to the UC Davis Mondavi Center for a performance by The Improvised Shakespeare Company.  If you ever get a chance to see this talented group of performers, you should definitely go.

The description of the show from the program:

“Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes.  Nothing is planned out, rehearsed or written.  All the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch and if ever you’re wondering where the story is going…so are they!  You’ve never seen the Bard like this before!”

No, it’s not really Shakespeare.  But it’s thoroughly entertaining to see a group of improv actors create a two-hour play using Shakespearean language and the themes found in Shakespeare’s works.  (Which makes me wonder if I could do something similar to get kids to play with Shakespeare’s language…)  Plus, I appreciate laughing so hard that I’m near tears.

So thank you, Improvised Shakespeare Company, for a hilarious play where yogurt was the means of poisoning, servants spied behind unicorn statues, and your ability to speak in Shakespearean language (complete with rhyming) continually impressed me.


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