iRtE Presents… “The Scary” (Improvised Stephen King)
“Woah, that improv show sure was scary!” Is generally NOT a welcome review for an improv show but, luckily, it’s the perfect review for a show I saw this past weekend, so you can all calm down.
I love improv. I love scary things (such as books by Stephen King). So you can only imagine my excitement when I heard about a show that combines the two! Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble (iRtE) has fashioned a completely unique improv show catered to those of us who seek the spooky!
Here’s a video to properly introduce you to “The Scary”
So? What’s it like seeing Scary Improv, you ask? Oh, pretty much like this:
The show playfully… or should I say “eerily”… (is there a word that combines both playful and eerie? ‘Cause that word would perfectly describe this moment. Plaerily? Yes. Plaerily.)
The show “plaerily” begins by asking the audience to reach into the mind of Stephen King for a story. While holding a brain-decorated box, Nannette Deasy, who is seemingly the “brains” of the operation, whispers, “Mr. King couldn’t be here – entirely” as she brings the box to an unsuspecting victim. The victim, being a shy audience member, picks the first category: the story!
To have a proper Stephen King improvisation, iRtE needs three suggestions to start: a story, a character, and a location. For example, on the night I attended, the suggestions were as follows: Story: An unpopular girl with supernatural abilities, Character: An evil pet, and Location: A Post Apocalyptic Wasteland. How fun!
The improv group had really fun ways to generate audience suggestions. With such a unique show the suggestions must be specific, so, the group used many creepy pun-filled tools such as a deck of evil cards and a spinning wheel of misfortune!
“The Scary” also uses technical enhancements unique to this improv setting! Enhancements such as ominous music, plaerie(playful/eerie again) masks, and my personal favorite, Stage Blood! So much blood! These added so much to the show it’s unreal.
The middle of the show showcased a singer/songwriter named Craig Greenberg. A talented musician who played intimately for the audience. It was a welcome surprise to hear him play mid-improv.
If you’re looking for a good night of fun, definitely check out iRtE! And don’t be shy to join the cast for a drink after the show.
Here’s the info: click here for tickets!
I apologize for my low quality pictures. I was far away and used my Iphone. It’s much less fuzzy in real life… kind of.