The Chicago Improv All-Stars

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 November, 2007, 12:00am

The Chicago Improv All-Stars

Baby Wants Candy

Le Rideau

Reviewed: Nov 24

In this improvisational (or improv) comedy show, four actors from the American company Baby Wants Candy played out bizarre scenarios based on the audience's whimsical suggestions. A man (in his wife's blouse) is told he impregnated his dentist (with twins) while he was under anaesthetic. His wife walks in and the rest of this tale was to be performed in the style of a cinematic genre as suggested by the audience: horror, slapstick and western.

Such is the wacky and unpredictable nature of improv comedy and the performers - Al Samuels, Joshua Funk, Nyima Funk and Niki Lindgren - were able to surprise and delight with their wit, quick thinking and one-liners.

But sticking to just one format - telling a story based on keywords (on who, where, what and how) thrown at them - would be too easy for these veterans, who have toured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia. Throughout the evening, the actors' ability to improvise was tested again and again.

In the closing act, the performers acted out a hilarious scene, featuring two gravediggers, in different musical styles: reggae, rap and classical opera. They made thinking on their feet look simple.

The cosy Le Rideau is perfect for the gig but last Saturday's 90-minute performance didn't kick off until near midnight, which dampened the crowd's enthusiasm.

Nov 29, 8.30pm; Dec 1, 8.30pm and 11.30pm; Dec 2, 4pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: $350 (show only) and $550 (dinner-and-show). 1/F Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road. Tel: 2850 8833