Review: 'Improv Jam' offers exciting performance, audience participation

The Newtonite

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Senior Sam Green, a member of improv club, participates in last night’s “Improv Jam II.”

by Leah Budson
“Improv Jam II” began yesterday at 7:30 p.m. with a flood of actors dashing into the little theatre, clearly excited about the performance to come.
During the night, improv club members played in six improvisational games.
Before the games began, senior Nicole Bunis and juniors Sam Raby and Nick Rodriguez introduced themselves as the directors of the club.
A highlight of the show was the first game, “Three Rooms.” The game displayed three locations, each with two actors. The first pair of actors created a scene, which the host, senior Charlie Beers soon interrupted to pause the actors. Next, the two performers in the following location began a scene with the last line of the previous scene. The actors from the two other scenes remained frozen on stage while the current scene continued, only to be paused by the host, cuing the next scene to begin with the last line of the previous scene.
In the game, freshman Jonah Samuels issued a line earning laughs from the audience, “What doesn’t kill you gives you hospital bills!”
In the second location, Candyland, two lovers, played by junior Billy Cohen and freshman Elena Rodriguez, lamented the difficulty of maintaining a relationship when one was a licorice stick and the other a Twizzler.
The final game of the night was unique because it encouraged audience participation. In the game, titled “Freeze,” anyone could pause a scene by shouting “Freeze!” The person who yelled “Freeze” assumed the position of one of the actors and began an unrelated scene using the position that he or she assumed as inspiration.
An example of this was when an actor shouted “Freeze” to replace a participating audience member, who had been playing a pterodactyl. The actor instead used the position that had shown the wings of the dinosaur to represent the fins of a sting ray.
The interaction was a great way to end the show, leaving audience members chuckling as they exited the theatre.