Shakespeare Unscripted

(Brian Lohmann and Tracy Burns)

a kate west review

directed by Brian Lohmann & Dan O’Connor
at Theatre of Arts, 1625 Las Palmas, Hollywood 90028
contact (323) 401-6162 or
running June 26 – August 1, 2009

“Shakespeare Unscripted” is the latest improvisational feat by Impro Theatre, the same company that brought you "Jane Austen Unscripted". Consisting of an ensemble of professionals improvisers, the company presents impromptou Shakespearean-style scenes for your viewing pleasure. Taking a suggestion from the audience, they create an entire play, complete with murder, intrigue and worthy puns.

Stand-outs this particular evening included the outstandingly talented co-directors, Dan O'Connor and Brian Lohmann. The hilarious duo Michele Spears and Tracy Burns gave them a run for their money as well. Harkening back to previous insights and delighting in pointing out inconsistencies, the cast has a lot of fun improvising and are, for the most part, up to the challenging language. Some members are stronger than others, but overall, it proves an entertaining evening.

This is a company worth watching and learning from (they offer classes too). If Shakespeare isn't your thing, you might want to check out the even more impressive Jane Austen version, or even "Sondheim Unscripted".

Impro Theatre is: Tracy Burns, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Jo McGinley, Dan O'Connor, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears, Floyd Van Buskirk with guest artists Lauren Lewis, Jennifer Riege and Mollie Taxe.

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