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Tennessee Williams UnScripted



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The Impro Theatre Company is one of the finest improvisational groups you will ever see. By taking a subject from the audience, this extremely talented company improvises a complete two-act play in the manner of a specific playwright. In their latest showcase at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, you can see them in Tennessee Williams UnScripted.

Needless to say, there is no need to tell you what the play was about that I experienced since the audience is told that “whatever you see tonight will never be seen again” and this is why. A member of the ensemble asks the audience to name a family heirloom that they might have in their possession, and after several items are named, the one the actors agree upon is a brass bowl. From the title “Brass Bowl” the actors take on their characters, and begin improvising a complete play ala Tennessee Williams.

If you are familiar with plays by Tennessee Williams, you will be awed by how this group can take something like a brass bowl and create a two-act play that features characters and a plot in the style of Tennessee Williams’ plays. And by the way, if you are not familiar with his plays, you will still be entertained beyond anything you might expect.

This is an exceptionally talented group of improvisational performers when one thinks about a full cast standing in front of a packed theatre and “writing” a play in front of them by using something thrown out to them by an audience member! I have seen them before, and I could watch them many times over. Who knows what the next title and plot will be?

Members of the ensemble are Kari Coleman, Lisa Fredrickson, Kelly Holden Bashar, Brian Michael Jones, Stephen Kearin, Lauren Rose Lewis, Brian Lohmann (Director), Nick Massouh, Jo McGinley, Mike McShane, ‘Dan O’Connor, Edi Patterson, Ryan Smith, Michele Spears, and Floyd VanBuskirk.

Performances of Tennessee Williams UnScripted are presented Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 4 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 4 PM, at the Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank. Tickets are available online at FalconTheatre.com, or by calling (818) 955-8101.

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