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PowerCub Presents the Farce Awakens: An Improvised Star Wars Adventure

 

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The Farce Awakens presents a good time for fans of Star Wars and improvisation. Dan Moser and Jordan Ward of local troupe PowerCub Improv deliver an assortment of five-minute sketches based on either the prequel trilogy or the original George Lucas films. After soliciting numbers from the audience, Moser and Ward’s assistant dramatically recites a few sentences of whatever she finds on the pages of novelized version of the classic movies. As you can imagine, the Star Wars universe is expansive, giving PowerCub plenty to work with in their made-up comedy. The duo also shows off an expected familiarity with the source material as they generate off-book ideas. They both play off each other well, leaving surprisingly little space during moments that weaker improviser might let wither into conversational dead ends. That said, some of the sketches in the performance I viewed failed to comprehensively utilize the information in their prompts, and some improvisations failed to mature into a satisfying idea before the scene abruptly ended. In this regard, the show’s title is actually a bit misleading: you’re bound to see several enjoyable Star Wars adventures, but the production’s format means you won’t see the single cohesive narrative you might have expected. Reviewed by Kevin Pennyfeather.
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  • 8:00 pm - 2017/08/17
  • 10:45 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 4:30 pm - 2017/08/23
  • 6:30 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 2:15 pm - 2017/08/26
  • 12:15 pm - 2017/08/27



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7 Reviews


  1.  
    Vicky Smith

    True unrehearsed, unprepared improv showed its amateur side on opening night. Some Star Wars characterization would have been fun. Some Darth Vader breathing sounds. Some Yoda syntax, maybe? The audience was small, but we went all in.




  2.  
    Elizabeth LeBlanc

    Great!




  3.  
    Jonothan F

    I saw this on Thursday and I really enjoyed it. I was expecting a more standard improv show but this delivered something different. It was more like sketch comedy than standard improv. The performers created funny situations inside the Star Wars universe and then riffed on them rather than just recreating scenes from the movies. I think this was a great move. We’ve all seen Star Wars before so it was refreshing to see a clever spin on the material. The show also moved pretty quickly so no scene really wore out its welcome. Very funny stuff and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys Star Wars or wants to see a different kind of improv at the Fringe.




  4.  
    Betty

    show the first show on Thursday and I laughed my face off. I loved a different take on the Star Wars universe and each scene wasn’t too long and well-paced.

    If you like to see something completed made up on the spot and like to have a good laugh … I would catch a show before the Fringe is over!




  5.  
    Betty

    I saw the first show on Thursday and I laughed my face off. I loved a different take on the Star Wars universe and each scene wasn’t too long and well-paced.

    If you like to see something completed made up on the spot and like to have a good laugh … I would catch a show before the Fringe is over!




  6.  
    Slappy

    This was awful – amateur-hour garbage – don’t waste your money




  7.  
    Courtney

    The skill of the improvisers was apparent. I’ve seen some amateur improv at Fringe, and these guys are hardly that. They do justice to the art form and deliver laughs.





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