By Ed Vilade
The IMPROV-ables, Riderwood’s improvisational theatre troupe, will present their second annual evening of the unexpected on Monday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Commons Encore Theater. The performance is free.
The IMPROV-ables are made up of residents who are participating in a class of the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally (SAGE) program. This is the fifth semester that SAGE, in cooperation with Riderwood, has offered improvisational theatre. For many of the students, the improv class has been their first theater experience.
Improv basically involves actors following the rules of games or exercises in a “get” (setting or objective) that they or the audience select, but making up the dialogue and action on the spot. For instance, a popular game called “Party Quirks” has the party host greeting a series of guests who have traits such as sadness or paranoia, or who might represent well-known characters such as Superman or Cinderella. The guests portray the quirks, and the host must guess them. There are literally thousands of different Improv games and exercises, but success depends on the skill of the actors in developing and concluding the scene.
No show is ever the same nor will it ever be. After a semester of honing their skills, the IMPROV-ables are ready for an audience. Come laugh with them, or at them! One way or another, it’ll be an evening you won’t soon forget.