You know how after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day you feel like you'll never want to eat again. And then after a few minutes your aunt offers you one last piece of pie? And you say, "Okay, maybe just a sliver . . ."
Yep, that's the last day of Twin Cities Improv Fest. A perfect, sweet ending to an incredible meal.
Sunday, June 24th, 2012
HUGE Improv Theater
6 pm – Brave New Youth
8 pm – Polar Bear Centric / Interplanetary Appeal / Ladies Who Drink / Foxtrot
Tonight's line-up features some of the best of local improv, including veteran groups Interplentary Appeal and Ladies Who Drink. Interplanetary Appeal is Jake Scott and James Rone, who you may know for their acclaimed Fringe Festival hit, Deadline: A Choose Your Own Adventure Story and their incredibly funny Facebook-themed show, FRIEND REQUEST. Ladies Who Drink is the lovely improv duo Jen Scott and Emily Schmidt. Just as their bio promises, they specialize in quirky long scenes where terrible things happen and/or people fall in love.
Also in the lineup is one of my favorite new improv groups, Foxtrot, a duo that somehow mixes technology, music and dance into a confection that's both playful and grounded in reality. I haven't seen anything like it, well, ever. And tonight is among few chances for you to see Erin Sheppard and Ben Gartner performing their show in Twin Cities this summer.
Personally, I'm also looking forward to seeing Polar Bear Centric for the first time. It's two man improv group, Pat Tracy and Chris Hill, who are Saint Paul born and now based in Minneapolis. Their bios promise fast-food value meal knowledge and a deep love for the WB network circa 1998 – 2002, so I'm pretty much already sold.
For a refreshing and fun kick-off to the night, Brave New Youth kicks-off the show at 6 p.m. Refreshing might be a tricky word. Here I mean I've noticed a particular clarity of imagination and play among teen improvisers that draws an audiences instantly. Of all the possible scenarios teens tackle, my favorite is their interpretation of 9-to-5 office jobs. There is nothing as magical and outlandish as teens' interpretation of life in an office building. On that score, a grounding in reality can wait.