Enjoy some improv with RPP, Friends and some lazy fairies

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SUBMITTED BY BOOTS TOLSDORF – Laughter feels good! So you have a great opportunity to join the frivolity on Friday, Jan. 15, when the Royal Palm Players join forces with Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center to present the hilarious Sarasota-based Lazy Fairy Improv Troupe for one night only. There will be two shows – one at 5 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. at the Crowninshield Community House.

Yes, you can bring your happy-hour libations.

Christine Alexander, founder of the group, has been one of my improv teachers for several years, and Joey Panek, her co-producer, and I have made spot commercials for the series, “Saratopia,” a series of spoofs on weird goings-on in Sarasota.

I can vouch that they are individually and collectively two of the most energetic, funny, explosive, unpredictable, captivating, crazy, endearing talents I have ever had the good fortune to work with to expand my knowledge of comedic acting. Scotty Felsenfeld will be on the guitar for the music improv.

So what is improv, exactly? How does it differ from acting? The basic difference is that there’s no script. It’s what you did as a kid when you made up games with your friends, remember? You don’t know what is going to happen as an audience member, because the improvisers don’t know where their scene is going either. You, the audience, are the inspiration as you give suggestions such as “you are gravediggers in a cemetery” or “classmates at their 25th reunion” or “two aliens at a Red Sox game.” Anything goes. Anything can happen as the scene progresses. The spontaneity of the interaction is the humor, and part of the appeal is the risk involved.

A good comedy improvisation is like a party. Everyone has a great time, on or off stage. Tina Fey said, “When humor works, it works because it’s clarifying what people already feel. It has to come from someplace real.”

That’s true. So make a date and line up to get tickets from either RPP at 964-2670 or Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center at 964-0827. I guarantee that your laughter will be side-splitting, and you won’t find a better way to enjoy an evening.