Company: The Probable Cast, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 12 - WAG - Muriel Richardson Auditorium
I'm just not sure without the music or the mentoring CRUMBS the show is worth 10 bucks.
By definition every improv show is different, so to pin down an average show is a mug's game. I
saw the Saturday July 20th, evening show of the longstanding improv supergroup. The show I saw was likely harmed by the absence of CRUMBS and DJ Mama Cutsworth, who appear when not otherwise engaged. The other X factor is a rotating out-of-town cast.
On the night I attended, the out-of-towners were lost when the premise of too many of the short scenes relied on local references. This proved especially annoying when a scene meant to parody Guy Maddin films seemed to play out with no one quite sure what a parody of a Guy Maddin film might look and sound like.
The other local references relied on heavily throughout had their own problems. The first, a reference to Chris Walby, suffered for being ancient history, and the second to the much maligned Cube stage at Old Market Square suffered for becoming tiresome, since the shiny square has had some work done and most people have settled into acceptance.
There were laughs for sure, and the packed house had a good time - I'm just not convinced that without the music or the mentoring CRUMBS, the show is worth 10 bucks. Perhaps a couple of bucks might be shaved off the price when the full complement is not on display.