Weird. I didn’t think I’d be writing another one of these so soon, but when the fun starts it just doesn’t stop… or something like that. Last night, I got a chance to visit Dad’s Garage, a theater group and improve troupe. Performing 52 shows a year that are completely original and unscripted, Dad’s Garage offers a style of entertainment that’s spontaneous, humorous, and incredibly entertianing. How cool is that?
Well, let me tell you it’s freaking awesome! I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. The stuff these thespians come up with on the spot is rather amazing. Just on one word, they can whip together a scene that is just as good as any scripted scene performed anywhere else. Even if they get stumped, it’s pretty hard not to root for them. Maybe that’s because we’ve all had to fly by the seat of our pants at one time, so the stress and pressure of it all is something we’re familiar with. The courage to do that willingly on a regular basis is truly admirable.
Physically, the theatre is pretty small which works. It doesn’t matter where you sit, because you’re guaranteed a great view of the stage. Most of the shows involve audience participation, so a smaller audience guarantees that you will be apart of the fun if you so desire. Finally, there’s an intimacy there that makes this type of theater more personable and relaxed. Despite the size of the venue, Dad’s garage is still able to offer an adequate snack bar with various snacks, beer and wine. My friend Chrissy thoroughly enjoyed the Chardonnay.
The only downside to the evening was the fact that the show started late, but again it’s improv, so anything can happen even a delayed start time. We may have been waiting for the house to fill, so I don’t really know if this is a regular occurence. I would recommend that if you go, be open to the fact that a strict time schedule is less of a priority here than with a more structured theatre company.
All and all, it was a fantastic evening and I’m definitely doing it again.