comedy · john gilkey and the idiot workshop present · Ages 18+ · United States

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June 23, 2013

My overall impression

Improv like you’ve never seen before. Every night is different, of course, but expect to see a violin – er, viola – on stage, played rather well. Also expect physical interpretative dance that becomes improv in a surprisingly seamless way. The entire troupe is great, standouts for the night I saw include Tyler Watson who has a truly bizarre understanding of his physical being, Gabe McKinney who transformed himself into a reptilian demon worthy of Edward Gorey, Tim Reid’s philosophizing about the nature of work, as well as household curtains (on the first floor), which was deeper than many scripted monologues, Natalie Palamides who knows how to drool better than a 4 month old baby, and Claire Titelman who has an incredible discussion with a viola (played by Michael Lieberman). Ring leader (and troupe instructor) John Gilkey knows how to keep the creative flow moving along – never once did the energy drop during the entire show. (Disclaimer: I helped the troupe get through their 24/7 continuous read of MOBY DICK – playing with them was as much fun as watching them from the audience.)

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