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Improv Sat Aug 04 2012

Flirty, Dirty Fun: A Review of Underpants Improv

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In a web publication called Gapers Block, it seemed quite appropriate to review a show in which six gals do some mimed burlesque and somewhat sexy twists on short-form improv standards in their bra and panties. At least that's what this guy was thinking on the Wednesday night he saw Underpants Improv at the Gorilla Tango Theatre. Of course, he brought a date along, lest he be viewed by the predominantly female audience as the leering guy who was a little too into games like "It's Not What It Looks Like," in which two performers mimed sex acts like toe suckling, salad tossing, and blow jobbing while trading explanations as to why, you guessed it, it's not what it looks like.

The show's format, with several of the games requiring multiple prompts, means that audience participation is crucial to its success, and that wasn't always forthcoming at this performance. Likely, some felt as this guy did: that the sparsely packed house failed to provide a sufficient cloak of anonymity for salacious suggestions and the 7:30 show time meant it was too early for most to have imbued themselves with enough liquid courage to toss aside all feelings of self-consciousness and propriety.

Still, Underpants Improv had the bubbly energy of a high school girl's slumber party, and its sexiness was always goofy and never raunchy. Yes, boobs were motorboated, bottoms were spanked, and busts were doused with glitter, but mostly, a fun night of laughs was had. The next show is Wednesday Aug. 8 at 7:30pm at the Gorilla Tango Theatre. Tickets are $12. Bring a date or a large group of friends and let your mind get dirty so these gals can get flirty.

 
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