Four mad improvisers in a season of Cabaret sounds somewhat incongruous but offers a nice opportunity to reflect on what did happen in very early cabaret in Berlin - vocal audience interaction when they didn't like something. In this show, it's the audience who help create it.
'Changing Jennifers' works a lot like a game of Irish pool I play with my mates now again on pool nights, vying for the price of a beer. Each player must pocket a ball. If he misses, he loses one of his three lives. Miss three times, you're out. The winner is the one with a life left.
Two of the sessions the evening comprises work like that. The first involves a series of confrontations between characters in different scenarios where one starts a sentence and the other must follow through logically without replying in a question using 'the' or 'a'. Do that, you're off. The other involved singing the Doo Ran Ran song chorus and rhyming a name, Sam in this case, same with each new line. One mistake and you're out. These are great laugh out experiences but nothing compared to the highlight of the night, a high energy two act story constructed around a series of suggestion provided by the audience. This is no mean feat, and on my night, the best line was; 'in the middle of a global recession why would you want to downsize the mini-sheep?' These guys set the bar high, almost too high but when you compare them to my fave impro of the moment, 'Thank God You're Here', they aren't far off the mark. They have the chutzpah to get out there and brave the instance of the moment in way that's going to make them formidable comic artists in the future.