Trapped in the Canadian Rockies
Vancouver TheatreSports (VTSL) is proud to present Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy from April 12 to May 26 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street). This production will run every Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm.
Picture this – a luxury train trapped in the Canadian Rockies with a passenger list that includes a prominent socialite, a retired military officer, and a famous detective – and oh yes, there’s a corpse! What you have are the makings of a classic murder mystery. Welcome to Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy.
As in countless whodunits, this one is set in the 1930’s and involves many of the set characters and scenarios you’d expect to find. However, what isn’t known is who the victim is, who the killer is, and how the dastardly deed was done. These are just some of the things that will be established by audience suggestions during the course of the show. As in all improv, Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy involves the improvisers taking their inspiration from the audience and creating the script on the spot. In this high-stakes game, very little is pre-determined. What is known is that audience members will kill themselves with laughter at all the improbable plot twists and turns.
“I have always loved the heightened theatricality and ‘high society’ characters of period murder mysteries,” says VTSL’s Executive Director, Jay Ono. “To get to play out one of those mysteries and not know the end ourselves is a real thrill.”
Paul Belsito, VTSL’s Bar & Lounge Manager, has also created two ‘killer cocktails’ to complement the show. An homage to the great cocktails of that era, audience members can sip on a Corpse Reviver – a classic 1930s hangover cure featuring gin, lemon-lime juice, and a splash of soda – and the Prohibition Pleaser – starring Glayva liqueur, Amaretto,and cranberry juice. At The Improv Centre, patrons can take their drinks into the theatre to enjoy during the performance.
Tickets: From $10.75 at http://www.vtsl.com/show/murder-on-the-improv-express/
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