IMPROV SUMMIT 2007 is upon us. McGill, U of T, U of Ottawa, Carleton, U de Montréal, Sherbrooke and UQAM battle for university improv comedy supremacy this Saturday, March 24, at Shatner University Centre, 3480 McTavish, Montreal.
1:15-3:00 FIRST ROUND: McGill-Ottawa- U de M 4:00-6:00 SECOND ROUND: UQAM-Carleton-Sherbrooke-U of T 8:00-9:00 Quebec-Ontario All-Star Game 9:15-10:45 Finals
I thought I'd beat Andrew to the punch by posting this utterly ridiculous news story.
Highlights to watch out for: -the name of the town -"Now I feel stupid" -"the apartment he shares with his mother behind Red & Bunny's Diner"...and he only felt stupid after threatening a nice perv with a sword. -"I don't have a telephone" -"'Where is she?' Van Iveren demanded, thrusting the 39-inch sword at the neighbor, according to the complaint. 'Where is she?'"...how heroic!
Tonight I had the opportunity to see a production of the play Proof, written by David Auburn and put on at the TNC Theatre at McGill. It was very enjoyable. The actors were beautifully cast, and they all connected with their roles in an entertaining and captivating manner, with some tension thrown in for good measure. Proof grabbed my attention in the very first scene and was able to hold on to the very end.
A lot of student theater is mediocre at best. Proof stands out above the crowd. Go see it. (It was sold out when I attended, so I advise you to reserve your tickets.) It still plays on October 23 and 27-30.
My friend Adrienne Grafton was in the play, which is what brought me to see it. Kudos to her for her wonderful performance. Also kudos to the director Leorna Morris, who was able to put together an excellent overall performance (and was probably responsible for the choosing a good play to perform in the first place). The lead actress Jessica Besser-Rosenberg also deserves a heap of props. As the centerpiece role she was a key component of Proof's success, playing a depressive and yet likable persona. The male actors Gabe Camozzi and Joel Fishbane both provided a vigor that kept the play interesting to the end. I felt the need to mention them all, since every one of them was deserving of praise. Good show!