Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Do you enjoy improv theater? If so I got a newsflash for you. Most of the stuff is not improvisation. It is well rehearsed. How so?
Most of the suggestions from the audience is always the same. You may know this from magic. "Can you make my wife vanish?" So the result of that suggestion is always the same. An act that has been proven to work.
"But I'm part of an improvisation group" - you might say - "and we actually improvise!"
Yeah it's part of it. But you know how to read the subtle language of theater. You know your stage partners, so you know what's coming. You know why? Because you rehearsed that shit over and over. You know what fails and what stuff brings the "pidgin" home.
You may wonder what bringing the "pidgin" home means. Well I improvised and you see that sucked.
Bringing it back to magic. Don't improvise your show. Actually have a structure and a well rehearsed opener and a good, rehearsed closer. These are the two things you audience will remember and remember you for. The rest is just filler. You may improvise there.