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Fringe Reviews, Day 5: At least I could drink at this venue. - Sometimes They Tie a Thief to the Tree
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Fringe Reviews, Day 5: At least I could drink at this venue.
Full Frontal Improv: While actual quality improv at this year's Fringe plays with plenty of seats left to fill (*cough*Comedy Go!*cough*), bad improv like this show pack in the audience.

Swandive plays it safe, sticking to recognizable short-form games recognizable to anyone whose sole exposure to improv are a couple episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway?. Character work was rarely solid, chemistry was never sparked, and cheap laughs were quickly grabbed in favor of a more meaningful joke. When other long-running short-form venues like ComedySportz and Stevie Ray's perform better and cheaper, there's no reason to see this poorly rehearsed improv show.

Improv pro-tip for the actors: wear closed-toed shoes for your safety.

Drinking Stories: Comedienne Jen Zalaar excels as a monologist; she confidently delivers her scripted material, and her off-the-cuff stories share the same meticulous detail. Her series of stories are tied together by the motif of drinking, be it coffee, tea, water, or beer. Bring in a drink, as she'll be raising a glass in toast throughout her set.


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biscuitpig From: biscuitpig Date: August 4th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I didn't go, I would've started screaming about the shoes. SCREAMING!
From: bupwethern Date: August 4th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know that the Full Frontal folks are generally untrained folks "just trying it out."
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