THERE ARE TWO ERRORS IN THE TITLE OF THIS SHOW
MacPherson & Plouffe Consummate Professionals
Manitoba Museum — Alloway Hall (Venue 4), to July 26
Perhaps this improv comedy should’ve been titled, "There are several errors in the promo blurb," since none of the filmed sketches or anything else described in the program were anywhere to be seen. Instead we got Alan MacPherson and Steve Currie, using long-form improv to portray (on opening night) two brothers trying to reconnect after their father’s death, with the brothers’ personality quirks chosen from audience suggestions.
MacPherson and Currie were likable and clearly trying, and the audience was on their side. Unfortunately, most of what followed resembled a not-ready-for-public-performance improv class exercise. Segments were rambling, repetitive and overlong. The capable accompanying pianist seemed to be there to provide musical filler for awkward gaps as much as underscoring the plot. And these guys really should ease up on their continual rocking back and forth and pacing while performing. It’s distracting for the audience and a too-obvious sign of nerves in the performers.
— Janice Sawka