Jan 29, 2013 5:55 PM by Melissa Canone
DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE - Word is spreading - The Stage Monkeys of Lafayette have grown from a college troupe performing in the UL student union, to presenting their quirky brand of Improv Theatre to standing room only crowds at their monthly shows at Theatre 810.
The next show is:
The Stage Monkeys of Lafayette
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Theatre 810 - 810 Jefferson St, Lafayette, 70501
$7 admission, $5 with student I.D.
Tickets can be reserved by calling Theatre 810: 484-0172
Improvisation is a performance phenomenon that took off in the 1950's at Chicago's Second City, and has grown ever since. Most people recognize improvisation from the television show "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" In improvisation, the performers take suggestions from the audience, and improvise - that is to say, completely make up from scratch - scenes and scenarios based on those suggestions. The Stage Monkeys also feature a keyboardist playing live improvised music to accompany the scenes. The style of the Stage Monkeys is often intellectually stimulating while providing belly laughs at the same time.
For the February show, directed by Stage Monkey Jason Petitjean, the ensemble will open with their signature set of "short form" games, and end with an improvised one-act "Soap Opera." The Monkeys may even create a recurring segment from the characters and situations derived in this improvisation.