Venue Details

Bayfront Theater
2 Marina Blvd At Buchanan St San Francisco, CA 94123
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3.8 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from Laura
5 events 2 reviews

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...continued

reviewed May 23 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Jason
7 events 4 reviews

It was ok. Although I appreciate how difficult it is to think on your feet for a whole 2 hours, the performance was not very good.
I don't think I'll ever come back to this again.

reviewed Nov 27 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
6 events 3 reviews

Unbelieveable value for money. The improv. was spectacular and I was grateful that it wasn't audience participation except for suggestions for the improv. Everyone should experience this group.Cheaper than the movies.

reviewed Nov 28 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.)

<em>Pee-Wee's Burlesquehouse</em> <em>Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead</em> Yoshi's Oakland <em>Into the Woods</em> The Chocolate and Art Show <em>Beach Blanket Babylon</em>