Company: Rumble Pak, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 5 - Son of Warehouse
While they landed some good laughs, they struggled to get any momentum in the story.
If you spent enough time in arcades as a kid, you know that it's kinda dull watching someone else play a video game. And unfortunately, too much of the performance I saw by Rumble Pak fell into that territory.
The three-man local improv troupe has a neat premise to their long-form improvisation - they treat the story as a video game, where the audience selects a character and a setting for the adventure.
A small but friendly Friday matinee crowd opted for a "haunted house" story, featuring a heroic bus driver named Michigan Molly.
Improvisers Adam Drory, Tristen Foy, and Lukas Conway show a talent for creating entertaining characters - from a friendly vampire bat to a terrifying intern. But while they landed some good laughs, they struggled to get any momentum in the story. And the video game-style fights throughout the show were muddled and uninteresting.
Molly's adventure wrapped with an anti-climax that seemed a letdown even to the improvisers themselves.
I suspect I didn't see Rumble Pak at their very best - and as always with improv, your mileage may vary. But "Rumble Pak: Haunted Mansion Edition" was a few bits and bytes short of great entertainment.