Local comedy: Theatre 99 on Thursdays


The midweek stress levels are skyrocketing as Thursday evening arrives. As the sun sinks into the skyline on your way home

(Graphic Courtesy of the Theatre 99 Twitter page).

from class, potential for the evening is only beginning to rise. If you want to take a different spin on the night, try Theatre 99 for an improvisation show. Theatre 99 hosts improv several times every week, each show offering humor that cannot be reenacted or repeated.

Often times the art of improvisation is not given much credit, it is undeniable that the Theatre 99 artists are talented. Cast members quickly and cleverly produce comedy onstage, keeping the audience engaged with their spontaneity throughout the performance. The intimate size of the theater allows the cast members to regularly interact with the audience, detracting the distance between on and off of the stage. Each cast member brought their own comedic style that provided a little something for everyone.

A cast member performs during the “Blast Off” improv show (Photo by Abigail Hutchinson).

The “Blast Off” show on March 16th began at 7:30 p.m. It was kicked off with a group of four cast members acting out a scene taking place in a pizza restaurant. The point of this particular improv game was for the cast members to switch through different types of movie genres while acting out the scene. As they explored each genre of film, the acting styles changed to match: from action to romantic comedy to horror. Several more cast members came joined the original four onstage and performed improv games throughout the show. All of the groups asked the audience for a topic, giving them a chance to voice their own ideas, and started performing based on the first word they heard. The focus of the show rapidly changed as ideas built and bounced off each cast member.

While most of the show consisted of cast members performing improv games, there was also a few pre-planned parts. At other points in the show cast members rapped, acted out trailers to movies and performed fake commercials and short skits.

Theatre 99 is an inexpensive and enjoyable way to enjoy Charleston’s hidden talent. The theater is located on 280 Meeting Street above the Bicycle Shoppe. It’s somewhat difficult to find location is only further proof of its authenticity. “Blast Off’, their Thursday night show, is always free, but others range from five to 14 dollars. .

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