Poet At Large Reviews, Live Theatre, Quick Wits Comedy Improve   Leave a comment

If one is in Midvale, UT on a Friday or Saturday and willing to brave the late hours of 10:00 pm to 12:00 am, or are willing to stay after the main production at the Midvale Main Street Theatre, then I have a treat I recommend.  At that time the Theatre plays host to a group of young actors who have chosen to challenge each other.  They list their teams as the Dim Wits and the Half Wits but they all have to be Quick Wits to survive.

The Quick Wits Comedy Improve Troupe challenge each other to games of improve that my Drama Teacher would have called “Comedy Sports” but Most people would recognize as “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?“.  The rules say the actors can’t swear and there are some rules of conduct, but aside from that anything goes and anything can happen.  The particular details of each round are decided by audience participation. The actors must be able to think on their feet as they dance, pantomime, play charades and try be completely serious while improving ridiculous things.

Tension on stage my be defused by a stolen kiss which may be between any two people on the stage, even two of the same gender.  Swapping gum is not unheard of especially when the actor who ends up with it spits it on stage and the original chewer picks it back up and pops it in his mouth.  The whole point of the antic is to make the audience laugh and the judges who are chosen at the begging of the performance to award points.  Some challenges are based on how awkward you can make your opponent or even your own team mate, other challenges on how well you can heckle them.

The real point in the end is to make fun of society and being human. The true winners of the night are the audience who braved the night for a laugh.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

Those who would like to find out more about Quick Wits should try http://www.quickwitscomedy.com/ or http://www.midvaletheatre.com/Quick-Wits.html, also try the Quick Wits Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quick-Wits/167401419943046


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