I'm not sure why it took me so long, but this past weekend, I made my first visit to a show at the Improv Shop here in St. Louis. It was a wonderful experience. At times, I laughed way too hard.
I attended the show "Cabin #5" put on by an all-woman troupe called Toxic. According to the description, the show was designed to give "an inside look at everything that happens when it’s lights out at a mostly girls sleep-away camp. First, we’ll play a classic sleep-away game and then we’ll do improv based off the truths that are revealed."
I've watched improv shows on television, but I've never attended a live show. What a miss.
The performers were inventive, funny, thoughtful, energetic, engaging, and lightning fast. I mean, the jokes were flying a mile a minute. Oh, and if there was any vulgar humor, it was told in delightful and tasteful ways.
The ability of the actors to come up with short and extended scenarios and then filling those situations with jokes was really fascinating. There was no time to get bored, because at any minute, members were switching the scenario, on to the next one, and then it was on to another one and another and another.
Who were these nimble-minded, hilarious folks? What took me so long to get here? No worries. I'll be back.