BWW Reviews: STAGE 2 IMPROV Laughs into Naples

‚Äč

BWW Reviews: STAGE 2 IMPROV Laughs into NaplesMaybe improv does have a future in Naples.

Stage 2 Improv - "the next stage of comedy" (insert eye roll here) - served up a loud, lively, way-better-than-I expected debut in the Naples Players' black box space Friday night.

There are some funny folks roaming the streets. And not just the actors!

The comedy at Stage 2 is strong. Exceptionally so. Stage 2 cast well, looking not for acting skills or pretty faces, but wits, brains and comic timing. Robin Williams these kids are not - but they know how to get a laugh. You try to mime scrubbing a toilet with a cucumber and spit? Or peeling a cactus with a pair of dentures? Friday's cast included: Synthia DuBose, Kat Ebaugh, Guy Glover, Brad Goetz, Meg Pryor, Judith Gangi Santos, Mike Santos, Bukki Sittler and Nancy Swartz. Other permanent cast members include: JamieLynn Bucci, Casey Debrowski and Steven Johnson.

Mike Santos carries a large portion of the show; his infectious energy feels like a live wire let loose into his fellow cast members and the crowd. Whether emceeing the silly skits or trying to guess how you speed-walk with otters as shoes, he makes the show.

Other, unexpected talents emerge. Brad Goetz wins the night's first talent game, a sing-off with Madonna's "Holiday." His quick wit and effervescent manner make for wonderfully silly viewing. More music and more Brits for Brad please. Kat Ebaugh sparkles. Both she and Bukki Sittler anchor the daffy ensemble and prove quick on the quip draw.

Former Neapolitan Meg Pryor, who taught in the Naples Players KidzAct program, returns to take part in Stage 2. A professional actress now teaching dance at CAP21 in New York City, Pryor adds a great deal of musical theatre talent and a swift, sassy charm to the show. She single-handedly saves a song segment involving a very nice, well-meaning woman from the audience who volunteers for an improv skit, then goes completely blank when asked: "What do you like to do?"

"Uh."

"Uh."

"Walk on the beach?"

These are the dangers of audience participation. Especially in Southwest Florida.

There's good stuff happening with Stage 2. Quick wits abound - and comedy happens on a scale I didn't expect. Once the kinks get worked out, Stage 2 might have to start looking for Stage 3!

Chris Silk is the arts writer and theater critic for the Naples Daily News. To read the longer version of this review, go to: http://www.gonaples.com/news/2013/jun/07/review-stage-2-improv-naples-players-tickets/.

More Ft. Myers/Naples! More...


Comment & Share


About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Chris Silk Social media wizard, arts writer and theatre critic for Naples Daily News (@ndn). Starbucks devotee. Blogger & #sbuxdrama creator. Britcom lover. Snarky. +3 Twitter power.

Chris began reviewing local theater performances for the Daily News during the fall of 2007. His first review was of Queen Latifah's slamming performance at the Philharmonic, while his favorite so far has been "Eagle Fruit," British playwright Terry Johnson's scream-and-leap blast of performance art for the spiritually deprived from the Laboratory Theater of Florida in December 2009.


 
🔀FT. MYERS/NAPLES SHOWS
Time Stands Still in Ft. Myers/NaplesTime Stands Still
(Runs 10/22 - 11/15)
Body Awareness in Ft. Myers/NaplesBody Awareness
(Runs 11/1 - 11/16)
Spitfire Grill in Ft. Myers/NaplesSpitfire Grill
(Runs 11/12 - 12/6)
Christmas Carol in Ft. Myers/NaplesChristmas Carol
(Runs 12/6 - 12/21)
God of Carnage in Ft. Myers/NaplesGod of Carnage
(Runs 1/14 - 2/7)
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in Ft. Myers/NaplesVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
(Runs 1/17 - 2/8)
Annie in Ft. Myers/NaplesAnnie
(Runs 2/10 - 2/15)

View All | Add Show | Auditions