Review by Kelly McLean
Have you ever been thrown into the spotlight with all eyes on you, waiting for you to perform? That must be how Rob McLean, Matt Rainnie, Rob MacDonald and Ed Rashed feel every Monday night this summer when they perform 4Play Live Without a Net at the Charlottetown Arts Guild. It's two hours of unrehearsed, hilarious comedy.
These actors have no lines to rehearse or memorize. Instead they take suggestions for skits from the audience who toss ideas into an old cowboy hat that's passed around. Then they begin in no special order. One actor takes the stage and when another picks up on the premise that has been layed, he joins in. It's a raw and spontaneous form of acting which leaves the audience without a clue to what might happen. Whatever comes into these actors minds rolls off the tip of their tongues. As you can imagine, this is adult entertainment not suited for the easily offended or faint of heart.
So you've seen lots of TV improv shows (Whose Line is it Anyway?) and find them a bit contrived. They seem to work out perfectly every time. Well, you're not going to see that at 4 Play. Part of the charm of this performance is that you will witness scenarios that go nowhere, and lines that just don't make it. This doesn't seem to put unnecessary stress on the actors, nor does it make the audience uncomfortable. The failed attempt is laughed at and on with the show.
Unlike many plays and performances 4Play encourages the audience to participate. In fact it is an integral part of the success of the show. You are urged to yell out suggestions and at times to join the actors on stage.
So, if you feel like being entertained, or want to be part of the entertainment, I suggest a hilarious evening with 4Play.