Returning once more to their New York City home at Off-Off-Broadway’s Trilogy Theatre, Freestyle Repertory Theatre is finishing up the second part of its six-week improv stint.
April 20-May 6 brings “The News,” an off-beat debate on current events, seemingly evolved from Freestyle Rep’s fall presentation of “Olde & News,” which also mixed Shakespearean-style comedy into its modern themes.
"Theatresports," the Freestyle's signature show of improvisational games, ran March 30-April 15.
According to an Origlio Public Relations representative, cast members in Freestyle Rep currently include Laura Livingston, Michael Durkin, Trevor Davis, Paula Boyajian, Kelly McCaffery, Adam Nowak and Anthony Veneziale.
Unlike Chicago, where improv troupes are something of a local industry, New York offers few long-standing improvisatory companies, the other exception being the ironically-titled, Chicago City Limits. Freestyle Rep, now under the artistic direction of Laura Livingston, has been presenting a season of improv since 1982. Reservations for Freestyle Rep at the Trilogy Theatre, 341 West 44th Street, can be made by calling (212) 642-8202.
-- By David Lefkowitz