DARIEN, Conn. Uproarious laughter erupted from the Weatherstone Studio Friday at the Darien Arts Center as Amanda Bennett, Mike Bloom, Joe Kiley and Dan Jimenez performed their own brand of impromptu comedy. And in addition to performing for the audience, they invited audience members to get in on the act.
The players call themselves The Unnamed Group and have played exclusively in Darien. The actors all hail from Fairfield County and have non-acting day jobs. Improv is their hobby. The group formed earlier in the year and played its first show at the Darien Arts Center. In the future they hope to perform at other locales around Fairfield County, such as clubs or bars.
At Friday's gig the group members performed games like "Party Quirks," where each pretended to be a party guest with unique and hilarious traits, and "Space Jump," where one player starts a scene and the others join in. The actors have to be able to think quickly and make up characters on the spot.
The audience participation skits drew young and old alike to the stage. In one, "Dead Bodies," audience members had to remain limp while the actors manipulated their bodies and created a scene. As a finale, the performers took audience suggestions for professions and acted out the world's worst version of them.
If you missed Friday's show, the troupe will return to the Arts Center in August.
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