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narrative improv is hard

so improv for evil has been practicing this 70s cop show format for ages, and we finally had our first show in the Out of Bounds Improv Festival.

It was hard. I was nervous before the show, and during the show I kept being in my head trying to figure out if it made plot sense to walk in, and finding it hard to find characters to be. It didn't help that I was wearing high heels, tights, and a mini dress. so i definitely felt confined to a tiny set of female roles. Gaaah!!! Totally different from a montage where I felt I could come in with any crazy offer.. I was very self-censuring in this show.

But I think the next time we do this, I'm bring a coat and a mustache and I can do a gender switch easily. I notice whenever I wear heels my improv is more timid.

I'm very proud of my troupe though, it was an extremely hard format to pull off, and we pushed ourselves to try something that actually did cause self-esteem issues in several of us (me included). But we did pull it off.

Also, I discovered vintage clothing! I bought a 40s dress in Richmond, and tonight I wore a 70s bright blue mini sailor-like dress, yellow tights, and high red shoes. I also wore pigtails.

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majcher
Aug. 28th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
Second.

The show was awesome. Everyone was raving about it all night. The performance was easy, because we tend towards narrative naturally, and everyone has been busting ass for the last few months so that we could let go and have fun on stage.

Constraints inspire creativity. Thinking is the enemy. Wax on, wax off, then jump in and rock out.
ripresa
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree that the show was awesome. What I was being critical about was my own performance.