Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A brand new improv comedy troupe, The Charleston Improvables will perform their first full-length show at 8 pm on Aug. 24 at the historic James F. Dean Theatre in downtown Summerville. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" style improv games will entertain, amuse and engage the audience.
As the Improvables are a troupe of eight local improvisers and comedians, most of whom are also stand-up comedians, an Improvables show is "stand-up comedians meet improv games." The show contains games that can be seen on the Emmy Award Winning U.S. TV show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Every improv game is based on input from the audience. At least one game will include entire quotes and phrases that were written by the audience before the show begins. One of the most exciting games for the audience begins with the Improvables interviewing an audience member onstage and then a comedic parody of that person's daily life.
While some improv shows aim for dramatic accomplishment at the expense of comedy, the Improvables are entirely focused on creating laughter. All but one of the Improvables are local stand-up comedians, and several have extensive training and performance backgrounds with the iO Theatre in Chicago and Theatre 99 in Charleston. The Improvables troupe consists of: Humorous keynote speaker Brian Carter (Theatre 99 trained), Moey Conway (iO Theatre trained), 2nd Lieutenant Lain Healey, Deshawn Christopher Mason, Kari Hanson, Robert Thomas, Kat LeeHong and Steve LaRowe.
Audiences at Improvable shows will recognize many games from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and are certain to be engaged and amused. The Improvables performed a short preview set during a comedy show July 30th at Castaway's Grille, and audience response was overwhelmingly positive.
If an Improvables show were rated by the MPAA, it would be PG-13. The show is basically family-friendly, but, for the cautious parent, the Improvables recommend leaving children below high school age at home.
The Improvables will perform at 8pm on August 24th, September 19th and October 11th at the historic James F. Dean Theater. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at http://www.flowertownplayers.org/improvables, in person or over the phone Wednesday through Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm by calling 843-875-9251. More info is available at http://charlestonimprovables.com/.