You never know what you will see if you attend Rebecca Northan's Blind Date. Because her date does not appear, her character "Mimi" selects a man from the audience to participate in this improvisational play. And anything can happen. It certainly seemed so last Saturday when I attended. Mimi had been out mingling in the crowd before the play - sizing up her potential partners. She had one all picked out when Trevor volunteered. She was cautious - "you're not one of those University Drama students, are you?" But Trevor - a microbiology student - possibly even from MRU (he was in front of us in line and we commented on the campus card he was carrying) was so eager that after a few screening questions, Rebecca followed the first rule of improv - accept what comes - and invited him up on stage for a date.
Her word to describe Trevor was "adorable" - he really didn't have a clue sometimes on how to act but considering he is trying to have a date in front of a studio audience, he did well. At least, he provided lots of opportunities for Rebecca to play off of and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments. She used the "Time Out" stool to step out of the scene and reflect on how things were going in the play - and even to school Trevor somewhat on what would be a more appropriate response to "I love this song" than "Oh, really , is this jazz? Why don't you tell me why you love this song."
So much fun!! Very happy a friend clued me in and invited me along to the show. We hit Gorilla Theatre beforehand and I was reminded of how much I enjoyed a night at Loose Moose theatre in the past. Definitely need to make a point to visit once in a while.
Blind Date is now setting off on a tour and if you ever get a chance to see it, don't let it pass!