LIVE“ TV!” LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!
Get ready to binge watch your “favorite” old sitcom but live with Synergy Theater except that they’re making it up as they go along. Synergy Theater returns to the Lesher Center for the Arts January 18-21 with their original show “Spontaneous Sitcom”, an evening of three completely improvised episodes of a made-up television show.
“It’s really very unique for an improv show,” says veteran company member Lynn Shields, “Because we play the same people for the entire run of the show. Each night, we’ll do three different episodes of the same make-believe TV show and the audience will get to see the same characters in those three different stories. And, by the end, you really get the feeling that you know these people, just the way you do with your favorite characters from real TV shows.”
“We make up a TV show and the audience shouts out which classic episode they want to see next,” explains Synergy Theater’s Artistic Director, Kenn Adams. “Like ‘The one where she gets arrested!’ or ‘The one where she drives her car into the lake!’ And, then, whatever they shout out, we improvise that episode of the show.”
“We say that it’s a sitcom from 90’s” adds Synergy newcomer Julie Stein. “So, we’re inspired by shows like “Friends” and “Seinfeld.”
Kenn Adams has over 25 years of experience as a professional improviser and is the author of the book How to Improvise a Full-Length Play: “The Art of Spontaneous Theater.” He created the well-known short-form improv games “Sit, Stand and Kneel and Ding/Buzz” (aka “The Family Dinner”). Both of those games have become staples of the short-form improv stage and were featured regularly on the popular television shows “Whose Line is it Anyway?”
It promises to be a fun, enjoyable evening at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, 1601 Civic Drive. Thursday – Saturday, January 18 – 20, at 8:15 pm and on Sunday, January 21 at 3:15 pm. Showtimes and tickets available at www.lesherartcenter.org or call 925-943-7469.