BATS Improv's Family Drama: A Fully Improvised Play
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The last date listed for BATS Improv's Family Drama was Friday November 26, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Laura
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This is the second time I've gone to BATS IMPROV, and have enjoyed it both times. Because the show is being created in front of you, with audience suggestions, it "hits" in many scenes and may "miss" in a few.
Overall, you walk away amazed at what a group of actors can create with just a few oddball suggestions.
There had been an imaginary dog in the play; toward the end of the show a dog outside started barking. Without missing a beat, one of the actors incorporated it into the show!
This is a fun outing for a group or a great evening for a single who wants a comfortable place to go for the evening.
Imagine going to go see a play where the actors have no idea what direction the plot will take, who their characters will be, or what dialogue will be exchanged. Then, the audience supplies a title and a few other elements, and a story unfolds spontaneously right before your eyes. You’ll swear the show is pre-planned, but it’s not. It’s a testament to a well-oiled ensemble of actors who take collaboration to the highest level.
That’s what it’s like at a BATS Improv Family Drama show—secrets will be revealed, awful truths spoken and emotions will bubble over. And while it’s a drama, there are also plenty of laughs to be had.
The family drama format takes the form of a traditional three-act stage play—the story unfolds in real time, in one location, with each actor playing only one character. The improvisers know that a family of some kind is getting together for a meal, but the characters, plot, and dialogue will be created right there on the spot.
(While the story is completely improvised, if past Family Drama shows are any indication, the show may contain adult themes.)