Are you a fan of improvisation theater? If so, I hope you attended BoarsHead Theater’s annual fundraiser. It was held on the evening of September 22, 2009, and featured a special limited engagement of Laugh Out Loud Theater, one of Chicago’s premier improvisation troupes.
What a truly fun evening, starting with the reception prior to the show. It offered good food, a chance to catch up with friends and the opportunity to mingle with other theater supporters. The lobby was alive with the music of Mike Skory and Jeff Baldori. I hadn’t heard them play in quite some time, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy their sound.
There are many things that I personally enjoy about improvisation theater. For starters, no one will be snoozing during the performance or resting their eyes (as my Grandfather was fond of doing). You want to be paying attention, or you might find yourself being summoned to the stage to take part in the next skit.
Improv is fast moving and very clever. Laugh Out Loud Theater is one of the best I’ve seen in years. The audience was into every skit, with many actually volunteering to be part of the show. As not many, if any, in the crowd were comedians or professional actors, you can only imagine the fun as they took their turns on stage, attempting to keep up with the troupe. All was in good fun, of course, and it really was fun to participate, even if it was from the comfort of my seat.
The BoarsHead and the arts in general rely on grants, corporate gifts, sponsorships and fundraising events, like the Laugh Out Loud performance to keep the doors open. We all know, in this economic climate, that is no easy task. I hope you will consider catching a show this season, maybe even becoming a season ticket holder. You can learn more at www.boarshead.org.