The improfighters have arrived

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

The first performance of the Improfighters, according to the spectators, was “great,” and they will continue to perform here.

Christian Zaid, who has been involved in theater as an actor and a director, said that improvisation theater emerged in Quebec around 1977, when a group of men were watching a hockey game, and they started to do a parody of it. People liked the new entertainment, and soon the style was taken to stages around the world. In San Miguel, it has now arrived at El Sindicato with Zaid Productions.

On Jun 26 at 8pm at El Sindicato, two teams of actors vying to come up with the best improvised performance showed up on the stage. Zaid explained how observers evaluate the team: a member of each team will appear on the stage, and the audience will tell them which character and situation they must represent. The audience will also have blue and orange papers to raise at the end of the act to indicate which team has done better—the blue or the orange. If the situation seems to bog down, the audience can throw colored balls at the actors. “We do not have tomatoes as in the past,” Zaid advised.

Prostitutes, Little Red Riding Hood, nuns, fruits, virgins in sacrifice, police officers and other characters were portrayed in the first performance, and the orange team came out as the winner. What will the next challenge for the Improfighters bring?


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