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Outrageous Courageous Highly Contagious – Israeli Style Improv (Lamabati)

By | Published on Sunday 17 August 2014

Improv is difficult to get right generally, but even more so when you’re not performing in your first language. Israeli group Lamabati jump into the endeavour enthusiastically, but have set themselves quite a challenge. Despite the title’s promise, there is nothing particularly outrageous or Israeli about the improvisations except for the fact that English is not most of the performers’ first language, resulting in non-sequiturs and slow responses to other performers’ lines. The games tend to last too long, running out of steam long before they are halted, and one member of the troupe is forced to drink half a bottle of whisky as the show progresses. Lamabati are a personable lot, but their improv attempts miss the mark more often than they hit.

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Tim Bano]