Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) improvisers will have plenty of opportunity to demonstrate their lightning fast wit as they play the ‘Hosts’ to audience ‘Guests’ in Western World opening April 6 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Inspired by the popular HBO series Westworld, this improvised parody relies on audience suggestions to set the scenes and drive the action.
Each night features a totally new ‘episode’ under the watchful eye and guiding mind of Robert (sometimes Roberta) Ford. Guests begin their Western World adventure with an orientation. “Who are these hosts? Where do they come from? What roles do they play? Where is Western World?” are typical of the many questions that only VTSL’s esteemed Guests can answer. Throughout the first half, Guests help craft the story-line that becomes the basis for the second half of the show. In this artificial world of improvised comedy anything can, and will, happen.
As in any western movie, the Guests will encounter stock scenarios and characters such as the villainous ‘Man in the Black Hat’ or perhaps a shootout at the corral. If things get too out of hand, Ford can always step in with “Stop all motor functions” and hit the reset button. In VTSL’s Western World, quick-thinking improviser ‘androids’ can instantly alter any situation.
Even if you have never seen Westworld, Western World will be filled with enough western movie clichés and laugh-inducing action to ensure maximum hilarity for all Guests.
This is one showdown you won’t want to miss. In fact, you may want to ‘replay’ your attendance as no two episodes can ever be the same.
Join VTSL for an evening of ‘laughs without limits’ Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm from April 6 through May 13 at VTSL’s home, The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets on sale now.
About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Since its founding in 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) has grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form, entertaining more than 60,000 people per year through 11 shows a week, 52 weeks a year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre, located on Granville Island. An intimate space, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own Bar & Lounge over-looking False Creek Marina. Unlike most theatres, VTSL patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show. In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute – an improv school offering classes from beginner through professional level, conducts province-wide school tours and operates Improv for Business, a corporate training division with a diverse portfolio of blue-chip clients. In 2016, VTSL was voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘Best of Vancouver Awards.’ Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel. vtsl.com