America: All Better!
Walking into Second City with both Kevin and Jeff, I really had no idea what to expect from this show. However, within a few minutes after the show started, I found myself laughing (really hard) and began to realize how exciting and entertaining the actors were. Every moment was worth watching.
Directed by Matt Hovde, this amazing show consisted of 6 main actors (all in which I thought were very talented actors). The sketches were played in segments that lasted anywhere between five to ten minutes. Some of the topics were really funny, such as politics (Barack being the new president), cub fans, a son who moves back home because of the economic crises and his dad not happy about it, and more importantly, sarcasm in which only true Chicagans can relate to. My favorite act was when there were two couples who were in love but the meaning saying “I love you” meant differently to the two men that were in a relationship. The first couple, whom have been dating for about a year, had an issue. The issue was that the boyfriend never told his girlfriend that he loved her or in that matter showed any signs that he “truly” loved her. While on the other hand, the other couple who have recently “hooked-up” the boyfriend was pronouncing his love profoundly to his girlfriend. It was truly a funny act and I found it amazing how real the acting was, they touched very good topics and played them all so natural but yet it was all just an act.
America: All Better was a real eye opener for me. It gave me a more in-depth understanding of how improvisation works. All the game playing that we or (I) have been doing in this class makes better sense to me now. It takes a lot of practice, game playing such as visualizing, non-visual objects, or not trying to act when you have to act, and working together in a group to truly perform an act. I thank Professor John Starrs for this assignment, it was truly worth watching.