Review On Impro Theatre's "Chekhov UnScripted"


Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


Recently, I binged on Impro Theatre Company’s live, spontaneous offerings, including “Chekhov Unscripted.” The suggestion, “Broken Stables and a Lake,” brought to mind Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard. The ongoing sources of humor were found in the actors – Kari Coleman, Kelly Holden Bashar, Dan O’Connor, Mike Rock and Paul Rogan – falling effortlessly into the stereotypes familiar to any Chekhovian aficionado.The technical improvisors (Arlo Sanders and Cory Wyszynksi) were the unsung heroes. Not only do they control the ever-changing backgrounds, but they oversaw the improvised editing on the fly and sometimes, their switching back and forth contributed to the laughter.

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.