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Hey, What's Wrong with Suzie? based off the novel Suzie is Really Weak, by Laura Ingalls Wilder [Nov. 10th, 2006|12:24 pm]
Roy Janik
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Last night was awesome.

Coldtowne Theater sold out. It was a great mix of improvisers and random strangers. It was a playful, fun show, and the audience was ready to enjoy it. I think that the show concept (improvised after school special) really helped to draw in the audience. There was a family there with 3 little kids, and they had a good time. Wes's parents were there. Andy Crouch was there, and he said it was the best show of ours he's seen. Loads of people from Improv for Evil were there, as well as a bunch of other improvisers. There were people from livejournal there (Hi!), people who read about it in the austincommunity group, and people who read about it in the Chronicle.

As for the show itself, we took the suggestion of "not being good at athletics". Valerie played Suzie, a pathetically weak girl struggling to find the strength to carry on in a hostile environment. The rest of us were the supporting cast, playing fathers, drug dealers, boyfriends, announcers, cheerleaders, teachers, steroid-overloaded monsters, doctors, students, and chipmunks.

It was so much fun, and so gratifying. I didn't want the night to end, and it didn't, until about 3 AM. A lot of improvisers hung out at Coldtowne Theater afterwards, held aloft by good spirits and cheap beer. Coldtowne asked PGraph to take a larger role in the management of the theater, to which we handily agreed. And then Kareem, Wes, Kaci and I went to that Turkish coffee shop that has taken over the bloated corpse of Mojo's. It was comfy inside.

Tonight is the one year anniversary of the troupe.

Hip, Hip, Huzzah.

[User Picture]From: claritea
2006-11-13 12:28 am (UTC)
i'm so glad we got to go, just reading the title again makes me laugh. last year, tony and i went to chicago for a few days and were fortunate enough to catch a show at second city. we agreed in all honestly that the parallelogramophonograph show we saw on thursday was easily funnier, more interesting, original and professional than the improv we saw at second city in the windy city. keep us LJ-ers posted, we'll definately be at the next one! fabulous! and thanks again!
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-11-13 02:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's the nicest thing anyone's said about us yet. I hope we live up to your first impression the next time you see us. I think I'll used your comment on the website or in press material.
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[User Picture]From: claritea
2006-11-13 10:00 pm (UTC)
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