Extreme Theatresports, a night of competitive improv theatrical entertainment, is going to continue on in Los Angeles at the Bitter Truth Theatre. The improv event was scheduled to end Nov. 3 but now will run "at least" through Dec. 1, according to the show's publicist Philip Sokoloff. Performances at the space began Aug. 18, after the Theatresports company's The Hell Show closed June 3 in Hollywood.
Teams of improvisational actors compete, with the tournament finalists, decided Oct. 6, going to London in Fall 2000 to vie for an international championship. There are rules and referees, scenes and games in a fast and lean format.
The quality of performance is generally several notches higher than in a typical comedy club. Many of the comic actors taking part in the competition have been seen on such national TV shows as "Friends," "Frasier," "Seinfeld" and "Suddenly Susan," among others. Almost all of them have extensive theatre training.
Among the 33 performers, from whom the audience selects the teams, are Allison Sweeney ("Days of Our Lives"), Brad Sherwood ("Who's Line Is It Anyway?"), Ellen Idelson, Tracy Connor, Jesus Romero, Joseph Limbaugh and Dan O'Connor. Special guest performers will announced as they become available.
The show is produced by Los Angeles Theatresports and directed by O'Connor. The Bitter Truth Theatre is located at 11050 Magnolia Blvd. For tickets and information call (323) 469-9689. Theatresports is on the web at http://www.theatresports.com. *
In other Theatresports news, three of the company's shows - The Hell Show, which improvises a musical on the spot, Moral Combat, improv based around the moral issues of the day and Shakespeare Unscripted, improvisation in imabiac pentameter, will also extend through Dec. 1.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent
and Christine Ehren