ConArtists: Sex, Lies & Improvise
The Drake, Freeman's Bay, Auckland
14/05/2009 - 23/05/2009
NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013
Ever pashed a prince or rubbed up against a rock star? Ever gotten jiggy with a gigalo? Ever lied to get laid? We want to know.
Be completely anonymous. Write down your stories before the show…or just fake one. Then jump under the covers with ‘Theatresports World Champs’ ConArtists as your lusty lives are sung, danced and spontaneously enacted for waves of comedic pleasure. Join NZ’s sauciest improvisors for a guaranteed climax.
"Sehr gut" Berlin Times.
For over 20 years ConArtists has been bringing NZ the best of comedy improv. This year we’re inviting the audience to write down their personal ‘disclosures’ before the show. But don’t sign it! Even shy people like to let loose but don’t always like the glare of the limelight.
From the safety of your seat watch the performers sweat in our "Best Pick-Line Challenge", or the "Chair of Truth" Scenario. That’s when the actors tell a story based on a topic picked by the audience. You decide whose baring their soul or just bullshitting. The audience member who gets it right gets a bottle of wine.
This is just a sampling of what our world class improvisors will attempt as they explore the murky waters of romance, dodgy dates and car crash relationships.
Every show is completely different with a fresh line-up of unleashed improvisors. Everyone needs a laugh so come and laugh at us.
Dates: Thurs, May 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 8:30pm (Season extends to July 2, Thurs. only @ 8:00pm)
Venue: The Drake, 2 Drake St. Auckland
Tickets: Adult $18, Concession $15, Groups 5 + $15, Austen and Sex, Lies combo $30
Bookings: 0800Ticketek (842 5385) www.ticketek.co.nz
1hr, no interval
You’ll have a ball
Review by Joanna Davies 15th May 2009
ConArtists want to know whether you’ve ever pashed a prince, rubbed up against a rock star, or got jiggy with a gigolo. It’s not to satisfy their sick curiosity, well, not entirely. It’s to spark the scenarios for the new show, Sex Lies & Improvise.
Good news for timid audience members who don’t want their sordid pasts known to all and sundry: the whole information-collection process is completely anonymous. All you need to do is answer a few questions on a form, then sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be asked to jump on stage and re-enact a porn scene for the masses.
The show really started downstairs in the pub while everyone was furiously filling out their questionnaires. Our "stage manager" mixed and mingled to check that everyone was comfortable and sharing their amorous desires on paper. And once upstairs he "fluffed" the crowd by teaching us our porn-star names, having everyone demonstrate their sex face and starting an oral Mexican wave of climax noises throughout the ages.
By the time our MC for the night, Randy Robertson (aka Nigel Burrows) joined us, we were warmed up and gagging for a good show. And that’s exactly what we got. The cast of Clare Kelso, Geoff Dolan, Greg Cooper, Penny Ashton, Robert Mignault and Stayci Taylor dished up entertainment that can only be described as "Whose Line is it Anyway" meets an uncensored "Carry-On" film.
As every show will be different it’s safe to tell you we saw hook-ups in space, heard about celebrity encounters of the raunchy kind and were serenaded with a duet about shagging in a container dressed in nothing but a high-vis vest.
The treat of the night was watching Robert agonisingly trying to guess that he’d slept with Susan Boyle after drinking a cocktail called Four Hours of Pleasure, then saying he couldn’t see her again because he had to go fishing with a mate. He got there in the end.
This isn’t a show for the faint-hearted, the conservative, or the prudish – you’d be much happier at "Austen Found" earlier in the evening. If, however, you’re keen to be titillated and don’t mind more risqué subject matter, you’ll have a ball (pardon the pun). Get along and make it the most provocative hour of your week.
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