Thursday, May 15, 2014
Ryan Price of Invisible Frisbee Productions is producing an improvisational comedy show for this year's Fringe called Craig's Lust. I went to a rehearsal held at Rollin's College. When I got there Ran was at the rehearsal space waiting for a meeting to clear out. The space was a small conference room on the ground floor of the Bush Science building room 102. This improv show had a creative edge because all the comedy skits revolve around the romantic crushes that people often don't act upon. "Meeting people is hard. Meeting sane people is harder. Meeting sane people on Craig's list is nearly impossible! Join us for an improvised adventure into dating, modern romance, and missed connections. Come see us, and who knows, maybe you'll be someone's missed connection… Your suggestions fuel the scenes. From the people who brought you 2013’s improvised version of The 39 Steps."
Stage manager Jamie Lynn Woods sat beside me filming the rehearsal. The rehearsal began with a quick session of zip, zap, zoop in which the cast members stood in a circle and threw imaginary knives at each other. Each comedy act was improvised with the actors building off of the scenarios that were offered by the other actors. I admire this sort of high wire act performed without nets. It was of course fun to watch the female actors flaunting their sexuality when needed, however if a male role was needed they could switch genders. It was when such roles were embraced with a flourish that I found myself laughing loudest.
One skit involved a company bowling outing. An employee's wife caught the eye of the boss as she leaned down provocatively to pick up the ball. The boss patted her on the butt and she didn't seem to mind at first. Such uninhibited lack of personal boundaries were often the source of a laugh. The woman's husband was up for a promotion, so he encouraged her performance while hoping it didn't get out of hand.
Nadia Garzon's friend was crocheting during the whole rehearsal. I could identify with his busy act of creation. At the end of the rehearsal, he gave me what he had made. It was a 4 inch high mushroom. I wasn't sure what to do with it, but it traveled with me on a trip to Virginia. I decided to "plant" the mushroom on a wrought iron public bench figuring someone would be happy to discover it. I like this idea of leaving tiny artistic tokens around town. I'm considering the notion of an Origami business card that I could leave behind wherever I have planted myself to sketch. What I lack is the time to create them.
Craig's Lust is being performed at the Orange Venue, Lowndes Shakespeare Theater (812 East Rollins Street, Orlando Fl.)
Thursday, May 15th, 2014 10:30pm to 11:30pm
Sunday, May 18th, 2014 10:30pm to 9:45pm
Thursday. May 22nd, 2014 8:15pm to 9:15pm
Friday, May 23nd, 2014 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tickets are $11 along with your $9 Fringe button which is needed to get into any show.