The Improvised Shakespeare Company presents a one of a kind “the first time in the history of the world assuming a linear theory of time” performance that is William Shakespeare with a twist. Unlike the stories we have all seen and loved and seen again, this is something all new and all original. Although the plot and characters are based upon Shakespeare’s themes, format and language, it is solely the work of the five men creating it in real time. The night was even better than I expected, and the entire crowd was thrilled from start to finish.
ISC holds it’s never before (or again) seen performance in the intimate Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center. It
begins with one simple phrase, supplied by the audience and different each time, that stands for the title of the piece. On Tuesday night, it was “The Five Sisters of Rome” and the team took it from there. The next two hours were a whirlwind of betrayal, stabbings, Greek gods, sex changes and one-winged peacocks. The characters, plot and dialogue are all in the style of Shakespeare and the actors somehow manage to come up with well placed rhyming lines on the fly (often set to iambic pentameter).
Despite the lack of a planned arc, the story line was as complicated as any Elizabethan comedy and the recurring jokes just as clever. ISC does have a lot of experience in the improv scene as they have been performing this show (or nightly variation of it) since 2005.
The performances are not over yet as the Improvised Shakespeare Company will be here in Austin the rest of the week. Every night is different so you can go once or multiple times but regardless it is not an event to miss.
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704
WHEN: September 18 – 23, 2012
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 p.m.
Saturday: 3 – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 3 – 7 p.m.
Starting at $34 depending on seating an availability. Please click here to purchase tickets or call 512-474-LONG (5664).