MATES is an improvised theatrical performance which takes it’s inspiration from the 90s sitcoms we all know and love. Complete with the over the top characters, stereotypes and of course a New York back drop.
Unlike the classic sitcoms this team doesn’t need a laugh track to tell its audience when it’s funny. These three talented performers had the audience laughing from the get go with their charisma and overall likability. Just like the characters from everyone’s favourite sitcoms, this cast are charming, funny and a little goofy at times, you really do feel immediately that you’re amongst a few mates.
In this improvised performance the audience choose the name of the episode by shouting out random words or locations for a double bill episode of this amusing sitcom. Once selected the all too familiar Friends episode name is created: “The One With The …”. In our performance it become “The One With The Funeral, Fancy Dress Party And Video Store”, Fashioning into a beanie bear deal gone wrong and a run in with a member of the Back Street Boys.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show as did the audience from what I could tell. The crew really understood the formatting of a 90s sitcom and made sure to drop in plenty of 90s references throughout which made for a very entertaining 55 minutes of comedy and a sitcom I could very much see myself watching on the television.
MATES: The Improvised 90s Sitcom plays at The Space@ Surgeons Hall from 9th august until 19th August (excluding 10th).
Reviewer: Beth Eltringham
Reviewed: 9th August 2023
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