Company: White Rhino Comedy, Toronto, ON
Venue: 7 - The Cinematheque
When an actor in a four-person improv team inserts a solo scene playing both characters, it signals that there may not be enough trust on the stage.
White Rhino Comedy announces itself as one of Toronto's biggest and most successful improv shows. But there was little in Saturday's late afternoon show to indicate how that success was achieved.
All improv teams can have flat shows, and perhaps this was one. It was not flat for many, who howled repeatedly and appreciatively. My standard marker for improv gold is a sense that whatever silliness ensues from audience suggestion, it is shared and displayed as a comedic jam session.
At one point in the show, one rhino played both characters in a solo scene in order to advance the already sketchy plot. This to me signaled surrender and that there may not be sufficient trust on that stage.