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The (Improvised) Bachelorette

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Verbatim transcripts of reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are routinely played for comedy on The Tonight Show, so it’s not a stretch to consider an improv version might yield some laughs. But the four-person local improv troupe the Couriers give themselves a major hurdle by casting one lucky — or unlucky — member of the audience as a competitor.

Incorporating written real-life dating anecdotes from the audience for additional inspiration, the hour-long show still stalls when sticking close to Bachelorette formula, particularly in painfully awkward, post-date interview segments. Even the more seasoned improv performers can’t seem to think of anything to say. When a non-professional is thrown in the mix, one senses potential for comedy, but on its opening night, it didn’t really get delivered.

If nothing else, The (Improvised) Bachelorette demonstrates why so-called “reality shows” are usually scripted.

— Randall King

From the Fringe program:

Director: Caitlin Curtis

Cast: Caitlin Curtis, DK Reinemer, Lukas Conway, Steve Currie

Zoe Parker is Winnipeg's most eligible bachelorette! Based on the hit reality TV show and true love stories, Zoe and her handsome bachelors are having the most dramatic summer ever.

One lucky bachelor from our live studio audience will be invited on our journey to find true love. Witness the romance, the drama, the heartbreak and the suspense as these young lovers navigate the hilarity of love.

She's ready…are you the one?

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Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Seniors, Weekday Matinee, Fringe Performers

Warnings: Mild Language

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