Friday, August 19, 2011
Review: Boat Treads Water
When you hear the word “improv”, you immediately get the image of Drew Carey in your head. Why? Because for most people, the only way into the world of improvisation is through the classic tv show Who’s Line is it Anyway? But As the Boat Approaches is not that. As the Boat Approaches takes the classic ideals of long-form improv and tells the tale of two newfound buddies who are suddenly stranded on an island. With no set, no costumes, and no props, you are forced to use your imagination, which tends to be scary in theater. And I greatly appreciated the fact that I got to use my imagination, which seems to have disappeared once I started studying theater. The piece traveled from place and time, allowing our two actors, Jonathan Gordon and Justin O’Neill, to create various characters and various sounds, including the classic fart.