Sunday, June 07, 2009

Piccolo Fringe Finale at Theatre 99

Another delightful back-to-back comedy feast at Theatre 99. It was the last one for THIS 17-day arts festival,2009.

The good news: Charleston improv comedy continues all year long.

Greg Tavares welcomed the sold out crowd Saturday night and proudly proclaimed his group The Have Nots has been active now for 14 years and the insanity will continue. Hooray!

The first 90-minute show was Upright Citizens Brigade. They announced they were the touring company of USB as opposed to the real people I guess you would see if you caught the show up in Boston.

A sweet volunteer came onstage and they rifled her purse, wallet, her several id badges as well as her Weight Watchers diary to gather fodder for the first half of their show. They ran with it and a great exaggerated image emerged.

Shouted actions and places came from the audience for the comedy flashpoints the rest of the evening.

The next show - the finale - was almost three hours of hilarity. Many of the performers from the last two weeks came back for the reprise and all the stops were pulled out. Rude words were heard. Lewd actions were pantomimed. In short, a good time was had by all and only one couple seemed to have disappeared.The troupe Cupid Has A Heart On offered a final salute to the applauding audience.

My stint as an ersatz Spoleto reporter has ended for another year. I hope I'm invited to play again next year.

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