Company: Hip.Bang!, Vancouver, BC
Venue: 21 - Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre
(Reviewed at the Toronto Fringe Festival)
There is a certain level of trust required amongst performers of improv, and these two have it in spades.
This dynamic improv duo from Vancouver put on a high-energy, crowd-pleasing performance in the performance I saw at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Using only a one-word suggestion from the audience, Tom Hill and Devin Mackenzie were able to spin together an entertaining series of comic vignettes.
There is a certain level of trust required amongst performers of improv, and these two have it in spades. Tom and Devin have the kind of understanding between them that BFFs have, and seem able to read each other's minds. This helped keep the pacing of the show lively and upbeat, as they instinctively jumped on opportunities to change up characters and story lines in a seamless way.
The result was an absurd romp through the imaginations of two quick thinkers, featuring characters ranging from kings to slaves, monks, doctors, fish, toddlers, and a weird "naturopathic" family.
As young as both of them are, you can't help but feeling you're watching a couple of pros at work.