Ridiculous themes and chaotic hilarity are the trademarks of improvisation, a notoriously difficult genre of theatre. Anybody who has seen “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “The Office” has gotten a taste of the sometimes ludicrous nature of improvisation (or “improv”) and the split-second nature of making something up on the spot.
The up-and-coming improv actors of MSU’s Theater 494 class will soon host their own “Night O’ Improv,” in which three teams will pit their comedic and creative skills against each other in a public evening performance. Three judges will keep score of the teams during three rounds of quick-minded action, and ultimately name a winner.
Judges aside, the genre of improv is highly subjective. “There is no wrong answer, all you have to do is trust yourself and trust your teammates,” said Kayli Hons, a student and participant in Night O’ Improv, emphasizing “it’s amazing how we work as a class to get our show to come together.”
Night O’ Improv will take place in the Visual Communications Building in the Black Box Theater on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $3, and all proceeds will go to the Raptor Rehabilitation Center and the Humane Society.