Finest City Improv is a pirate-themed theatre where you see one-off performances by funny people based on a suggestion thrown out by an audience member. So if you're looking for something fun and different, maybe something you could do more than once, this might be the thing for you.
If you're like me, you want to be entertained by people who are alive, breathing and five to twenty feet from your face. You also want access to food and drinks. Finest City Improv has all these things and the best thing is that the people aren't trying to be funny. They are genuinely getting onto the story and what is going on with the other actors and, when the funny happens, it's just better.
Usually they have a number of different events or what they call teams. So on a given evening, you will see two or three teams of players, each creating performances out of thin air based on a theme or word from the audience. The good news about this is that if something goes bad, the other people on the team swoop in and change things so it's never bad for too long. Of course, the bad can also be funny.
When I was there, I just kept forgetting that they didn't have lines written, didn't rehearse and weren't making it up on the spot but how could they not? I was there when they picked out the word. Some of it looks rehearsed but I think it's the way they present their shows that are rehearsed. There is a set beginning and themes that return but, really, I'm looking forward to going again to see what the same players on the same team will do with another suggestion from the audience. And this time it will be me yelling "butterflies!" at the top of my lungs.
I don;t particularly like butterflies but I just want to see what they will come up with. Oh, and bring friends. It's more fun when there are more people with you. There's a bar and food service, provided by the Lafayette Hotel. Little known fact: One of the scenes of the movie Top Gun were filmed in the Lafayette's Mississippi Room. OK, it's the "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' scene.
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