Friday, February 14, 2014
A Valentine special Maestro improv
An ominous-looking Highlander-styled poster announced the first Maestro improv games in the Middle East and Africa this weekend at Courtyard Playhouse. Competing with Valentine's Day, two music festivals, and a short play festival, and with an entry charge for the first time, our improv group still managed to pack the venue to capacity on both nights.
Despite the risk of being booted out early, playing Maestro brought with it the opportunity to perform in more diverse combinations than in Theatresports. It was our first time performing in public with this format, so it was not quite technically perfected yet --- we literally had hearts dropping at one point.
The Valentine's Day timing also made it into many scene themes, including one in which improvisers acted out an audience couple's account of their relationship history. Congratulations to Salman and Eric for winning the Maestro title (and the grand prize of AED 5) on the 13th and 14th, respectively.