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This show is billed as “longform improv,” but it isn’t really. It’s just that instead of taking audience suggestions for each sketch, the two Vancouver-based improvisers take a single suggestion, riff on it for a minute or two and then meander aimlessly through a series of other sketches. Really good improv is a thrilling display of focus, trust and co-operation between actors. This was more like a competition to see which improviser could be more bizarre.

They got off to a promising start with the story of a boy/dental messiah who resembles “Montreal spiced meat.” It might have been interesting if they’d truly attempted a “longform improv” on that topic. Instead though, they changed scenes, characters and accents at random intervals. Every improv show has highs and lows. While this show had its flashes of brilliance, it’s mostly a mess.

— Ben Wiebe

 

From the Fringe program:

Three minds, one bombastic tapestry of organic improvised theatre! Smashing together hilarious, heroic storytelling with dazzling, physical theatre, Lorax is longform improv comedy like you've never seen!

One of the showcased groups in the 2012 Improvaganza Festival in Edmonton, AB, Lorax has been featured by Pump Trolley Comedy, 10-Speed, Rapid Fire Theatre, Instant Theatre, Vancouver TheatreSports League, Leaky Heaven Circus's BLiNK festival, and Victoria's Impromaniacs.

Director: Ben Gorodetsky, Nima Gholamipour, Tim Carlson

Cast: Ben Gorodetsky, Nima Gholamipour, Tim Carlson

4 1/2 Stars - Comedy Killers

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students

Warnings: None

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