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SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV
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WHAT IS SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV?
SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV – a "unique" (Time Out New York), "wonderful" (Backstage), "hilarious" (Newark Star-Ledger) comedy jam session – continues its run of Sunday performances on the Upper West Side at the Soter-Lee Black Box Theater at 78th Street and Broadway.
The "jam," which began in 1992, mixes and matches experienced improvisers from a wide variety of successful New York City improv groups. The fluctuating cast members are all alumni of or current performers at such groups as Chicago City Limits, First Amendment, National Comedy Theater, ComedySportz, Freestyle Repertory Theater, Monkeys in the Atrium, Off the Cuff, Loose Moose, and Point of No Return.
In addition to improvised skits, playlets and games, each 90-minute performance also includes a number of breathtaking musical segments, including "Can You Sing This?" – a series of composed-on-the-spot songs with audience-concocted titles and audience-determined styles ranging from operetta to rap.
The jam began its run at the Village's Westbeth Theater, then moved to Morningside Heights for extended runs at the West End Cafe and The HomeGrown Theater followed by two seasons at the West Side YMCA's historic Little Theater, a stint at the Rattlestick Theater, and then a season at the Chicago City Limits Theater on 60th Street.
On November 24,1995, Daily News critic Donna Coe summed up many observers' feelings when she noted: "There's something pretty wonderful going on every Sunday...The entertainment is top-notch."