Montecristo - Upstairs, Auckland
28/04/2016 - 30/04/2016
The brand new show from NZ’s premier improvised comedy theatre company.
It’s laid back improv and just like its namesake drink – rich and refreshing. Come along and chill with this fun show where some of NZ’s quickest wits entertain you by making up stories that will blow you away.
Coconut Mojitos is based on the famous Chicago-style improv that comedians like Tina Fey, Steve Carrell and the cast of Saturday Night Live cut their comedy teeth on.
See NZ’s best strut their stuff!
*service fee may apply
Improv , Comedy ,
A playful and surprisingly refreshing hour of Kiwi theatre and humour
Review by Aminata Hamadi 29th Apr 2016
Grab your favourite drink and get comfy in the cosy couches of the Montecristo for a playful, light-hearted show. Based on Chicago-style improv, The Coconut Mojitos deliver lively off-the-cuff theatre that is engaging and will leave you amazed at their quick thinking.
This intimate show has you close to the action and keeps you guessing what on earth is going on and trying to keep up with the rapid pace of the characters and scenes.
I applaud the way each of the actors slips into very different characters in a moment with such ease. The cast of eight delivers a myriad of characters and a number of unscripted storylines. Central to the plot tonight is lamb. Before it was lamb on the dinner table, the sheep was part of the farmer’s livestock, then it became the pet sheep that met an untimely death, ended up on a cooking show and finally eaten. The demon lamb however, and the slow-moving superhero, added a nice twist to the plot.
While you’re desperately trying to find out what on earth is going on with this lamb, other colourful yet equally engaging theatrical shenanigans are going on. This weaves all the threads of the show in tightly.
I often find myself immersed in the world that is being portrayed, forgetting for a moment that I am looking at a seemingly normal middle-aged man screaming like a devilled sheep. This is an incredible achievement given that the stage is bare, with no actors in period costumes, no engineered sound effects and no props other than the lighting effects which complement the scenes and transitions well.
This is theatre. This is improvisation. It is tongue and cheek humour.
Get behind this group of home-grown talent and support them by heading out to see their remaining shows. Because the audience inspires the direction of the set, each performance is unique.
Cheers to the Coconut Mojitos for a brave and creative offering to the comedy festival. Though it’s humble, this show demonstrates the ingenuity of Kiwis to bring a different flavour to improvisation with humour.
I’ll drink to that!
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