SHOW: Page One
GENRE: Improv comedy
GROUP: PHIT (House team Major Karen)
ATTENDED: Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Adrienne Theater
CLOSES: Sept. 8
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “A unique collaboration between Philly's most talented improvisers and local playwrights, each performance begins with the opening pages of a different script, which is then completed by the cast of Mayor Karen (a PHIT House Team), creating mostly-unscripted original one-act plays in the moment.”
WE THINK: PHIT’s Page One brings together black box theater and improv comedy using a clever device that ensures a different show every night. Two actors are given one stage direction, and only the first page of a new play. Once that page is finished they flesh out their characters through the rest of the first scene, and then the cast invents the rest of the play on the fly. Friday night’s “legal thriller” brought together Alcoholics Anonymous, pro-bono legal work, waffle fries, the fear of aging, memory failure, murder, and the fact that saying sorry fixes everything. Expect to not expect when this cast will throw in sparkling one-liners. Come for the nightly awkward soap opera and the laughs that punctuate this always-surprising show.
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