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Review by Laura Money

I feel as though this review should be improvised, but that would just be unfair to the people who have created a wonderful show. The boys from Racing Minds are back and they are ready to treat you to an evening of fun and madcap adventures – what adventures? Well, I can’t tell you – not because it will give anything away, but because they put on a different show each time. This is long-form improv at its finest.

Each show starts out the same – 5 performers parody the Downtown Abbey style aristocratic family, sitting around the fireside and talking about old adventure stories. The youngest asks the eldest for a story, but the elderly man cannot remember some of the details – cue audience suggestions! The players get suggestions from the willing crowd to form the basis of their story. It’s clear from the beginning that these minds are razor-sharp.

The plot-line feels natural, almost rehearsed it’s that slick – slight whispers amongst the cast members offstage notwithstanding. Through quick-wit and a sophisticated understanding of filmic conventions, the troupe are able to successfully create a parody of epic proportions. The evening I saw had everything – a love story, a hidden secret, lovers spurned, and a surprising amount of feminism. These guys are so smart, I feel that sometimes they are too fast for the audience. It’s obvious that they know their stuff and are quick to playfully admonish each other if a joke is too specialised.

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised sees an ensemble that is at the top of their game, knowledgeable, funny, and so comfortable and instinctive with each other that it’s like watching a group of siblings take the piss out of each other for an hour. It’s a well-crafted, genuinely hilarious show.

 

When: 1st – 7th February 2017 | 6:00pm

Where: De Parel Speigeltent | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $11 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | All ages

Link: https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/event/aaaand_now_for_something_completely_improvised/eb162c40-7821-48c9-b094-86aacbba9f17/

 

Is an avid theatre goer, reader, art gallery guide and museum enthusiast. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, from the deep and meaningful to the whimsical and kitsch. As lover of all things in the world of humanities, she is very proud of the vibrant art scene in Perth. It truly is an exciting place to be!

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Email: laura.money@theaustraliatimes.com.au