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4 Play: A Fistful of Improv

Review by Matt Perry

4 Play: Rob MacLean, Rob Macdonald, Ed Rashed, Matt Rainnie. Photo: Pam Bernard

Is there a remedy for the summertime re-run blues? If you're tired of sitting in front of the television or bored of the same old shoot 'em up summer action flicks the Arts Guild in Charlottetown has something for you. 4Play Improv is a great way to spend a Friday evening this summer-and it's entertainment you can control.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of improvisation comedy, it is, simply put, a comedian's immediate reaction to another's behavior. The 4Play Improv team consists of Rob MacDonald, Rob MacLean, Matt Rainnie and Ed Rashed. With suggestions from the audience one 4Play member constructs a silly or peculiar scene for the three other comedians.

For example, one of the most outrageous scenes during the July 8 show had one cast member trying to solve a crime. Sound simple enough? Well, the crime he had to solve was one he supposedly committed before contracting a case of amnesia. So using hints given to him by a pair of hard-nosed cops our poor amnesiac finally discovered he murdered Mr. Ed, in a goat pen in Anchorage, Alaska, using a nail gun. If this isn't a funny enough scenario, watching the investigators use double-speak to tell the criminal what he has done certainly is.

There were an array of games and topics touched on throughout the night. The comedy team targeted several pop culture icons to tease and taunt. The jokes were well thought out and drew laughs upon laughs.

It is often said that an audience can make or break a performance. This was never so true as with 4Play Improv. The show's only limitation is the audience's imagination. On the other hand the audience will watch a skit develop and then out of nowhere it'll change direction on an actor's whim. The laughter lets the performers know when to change skits or when to keep one going.

This is a high-energy show and is only made better by some great music and themes added at perfectly timed moments. The show is running every Friday at the Arts Guild at 8 pm. It's is a great event to attend with family or friends and would even make a great addition to a date.

However, first hand experience showed me there is the possibility you'll witness your significant other in a love triangle with Matt Rainnie and Roy Rogers.

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